Nancy Fischer, 86, Educator, Patron of the Arts
A memorial service will be held in August.
FISCHER, Nancy Sarah Kaplan (1928 - 2014) passed away peacefully at her home in New York City on June 16, 2014 after a brief illness.
Prior to settling in New York, Nancy was a longtime resident of Stamford, Connecticut where she raised her family and worked at the Long Ridge School, first as an art teacher, and later as its Director.
Nancy grew up in Denver, Colorado, daughter of the late Abraham D.H. Kaplan and Bella Cauman Kaplan and moved as a teenager to Washington, D.C. She entered the University of Chicago at the age of 16 and graduated in three years. She earned several Masters Degrees from Columbia University in Primary and Art Education.
From 1969-1976, Mrs. Fischer served as an educational advisor to the Department of Education at City College, New York under the direction of Professor Lillian Weber. Her ability to inspire teachers, principals and artists to develop curriculum that enhanced long term deep understanding, basic skills, and aesthetic awareness was dramatic.
The enormous mural on the outdoor playground wall of P.S. 75 in Manhattan; the stain glass windows in the P.S. 85 lunchroom; and the auditorium walls of P.S. 166 remain as testaments of her influence. Nancy and her husband Roy were enthusiastic patrons of the arts. Roy introduced Nancy to opera and she too fell in love with it. She attended a production of La Cenerentola just weeks ago, and never missed an opera at the Met. She also enjoyed her subscriptions to the New York Philharmonic symphony series and the New York Theater Workshop.
Nancy was an avid walker and swimmer and regularly attended water color painting classes at a salon with fellow artists.
Nancy was predeceased by her beloved husband, Roy, and her brother, Stephen Kaplan. She is survived by her three children, David Schaffer and his wife Amy, Peter Schaffer and his wife Wendy Lecker, and Joanna Schaffer and her husband, Joseph Pastore; also by her step children, Richard Fischer and his wife Donna DeLaurentis and Patrice Fischer. Nancy was extremely proud of her nine grandchildren, Philip, Caleb, Nicole, Megan, Laura, Julia, Hannah, Heather and Noah, and four great grand-children.
She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Caryl Kaplan, her niece, Judy Kaplan Walker and her husband Robert Walker and their sons, Aaron and Isaac; and by her nephew, Allan Kaplan. She is fondly remembered by her loving cousins and her truly dear friends whose devotion she cherished and returned. A memorial service will be held in August.
In lieu of flowers, we welcome you to make a donation to a charity of your choice in her memory.