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Ward Phelps Fisher

May 26, 1925 March 22, 2017
Ward Phelps Fisher
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Ward Phelps Fisher, 91, a fifty year resident of Oak Park, died peacefully on March 22, 2017. A lifelong Chicagoan, Ward was born May 26, 1925. In his youth he was president of his class at McKinley High School and an Eagle Scout. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in WWII and served as a lieutenant. He received his B.S. from Northwestern University in political science and his Juris Doctorate from University of Chicago Law School in 1952. In 1947, Ward married his high school sweetheart, Rita Guerrieri, who was an educational psychologist. A natural leader, he was a passionate defender of truth, justice and freedom. Ward fought in the courts and in life for social justice and individual and civil rights.

Ward was dedicated to the Oak Park River Forest community over many years having served on the Oak Park School Board, Oak Park Township Youth Commission and was involved in many other civic and political initiatives that benefited the people and Village of Oak Park. Ward helped negotiate the merger of the of First Congregational Church of Oak Park and First Presbyterian Church of Oak Park which became First United Church of Oak Park. He was a proponent of Open Occupancy in the 1960’s and ‘70’s and within the last few years an active supporter of Scouts for Equality.

In the 1950’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s Ward was an active member of First Congregational Church of Chicago and was involved with the West Side Christian Parish. He was the longest serving active founding trustee of Casa Central, a Hispanic social service agency in Humboldt Park. He served on the board of the Hispanic Housing Corporation and was involved in Chicago’s historic Poor Peoples’ Campaign and Marches.

Ward practiced law in the State of Illinois for more than 60 years and litigated many cases on behalf of individuals, small business, churches and non-profit organizations. He was on the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission for 18 years and served on the Judicial Inquiry Board.

He is survived by daughters Joan Carroll (Rick) of Alexandria Township, NJ; Lynn Fisher (David Kundla) of Austin, TX; Karen Fisher of Chicago; grandchildren Lindsay, Chelsea, Giancarlo and Margarita and great grandson Griffin.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 6 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams, 203 S. Marion St. in Oak Park. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 7 at 4 p.m. at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake Street. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ward P. Fisher Memorial Fund at Casa Central. (1343 N. California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622).

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Memorial Visitation




4:00 PM 4/6/2017 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 4/6/2017 8:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

Memorial Service




4:00 PM 4/7/2017 4:00:00 PM
First United Church of Oak Park

848 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301

First United Church of Oak Park
848 Lake St. Oak Park 60301 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Casa Central

1343 North California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

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