We regret to announce the passing of Morris Fishman on March 18, 2015.
Morris Fishman was born on March 2, 1939. He received his Bachelors Degree in 1960 from McGill University and earned his Ph.D from the University of New Brunswick in 1966. He worked for twenty years in the the private sector as a research chemist, first at Angus Chemical Company and then at FMC Corporation. After teaching at Trenton College in 1983, Morris realized he had a love for teaching. He joined the NYU Department of Chemistry in 1986 and retired in 2008, having taught a generation of organic chemists and physicians.
He joked that when he went to the hospital for a procedure, residents would run at him from all corners, asking if he remembered them. It gave him great pleasure to have trained so many in the basics, whether they became scientists or surgeon
The department is pleased to honor Morris Fishman's memory, by instituting an award in his name to be given to an outstanding graduating senior who is headed for medical school. The recipient must have received an A in organic chemistry, of course -- as Morris would have wished!
In addition, individuals who wish to honor Morris' memory are encouraged to pledge money to support research of Lewy Body Dementia, the disease from which he and his family suffered greatly during his last years of his life.
Morris is survived by his wife Shirley, his mother Reba, his children Howard and Heather, and Heather's family Richie, Carl and Ryan, as well as his sister and brother-in-law Rona and Bernie.
From Jim Canary, Department Chair
I am saddened to learn that our colleague Morris Fishman has passed away. After a career in industry, Morris endeared himself to many of us first as a financial assistant, and then as a lecturer for many years in our organic courses. While many thousands of students knew him from lectures in 703 Main and other classrooms on campus, many of the faculty and staff recall his ever-smiling face as we met him in the hallways and seminar rooms of the department.
Our best wishes go out to the family, that they will be able to recover from this difficult time, and that Morris's infectious enthusiasm will live on in all of our minds and hearts.
From Henry Brenner, Retired Faculty
Morris was known in the department for his sense of humor and collegiality. I told Shirley that I remembered hearing that he used to play music at the beginning of his organic lectures to calm down the students so that they would be more receptive to learning organic chemistry. I recall that we nominated him for the Golden Dozen Teaching Award, and that on the year of his retirement (2008) we dedicated the chemistry departmental graduation and awards ceremony to him. I hope and believe he felt honored and appreciated.