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Mary Stuart Blakely Fisher, 1922-2006 MD Photos
It's hard to speak of her in anything but superlatives.

Mary Stuart Blakely Fisher MD 1922-2006
In a class of anything, first in the class.

Michael S. Huckman, M.D.Letter

Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center

1753 West Congress Parkway, Chicago, Illinois 60612

(312) 942-5781

Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

Richard E. Buenger, M.D. Chairman

Ernest W. Fordham, M.D. Vice Chairman

Computed Tomography and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

John W. Clark, M.D. Director

Gastrointestinal Radiology

Richard Gardiner, M.D. Director

Claire S. Smith, M.D.

Alvin H. Felman, M.D., Director

Radiology Residency Program

University Hospital of Jacksonville

655 West Eighth Street

Jacksonville, Florida 32209

Dear Al,

Thanks for your letter of August 2, 1984. I do not participate in the decision-making involving the CT Ultrasound fellowship, but I’m sure Jerry will give the application every consideration. Congratulations on being asked to give the lecture in honor of Mary Fisher. It’s hard to speak about her except in superlatives. As you may know, she and her husband were known as the Duke of Harrisburg and Duchess of Altoona. She said that it had to do with the fact that both of their ancestors had received large grants of land from William Penn and from some English royalty.

I recall that Mary religiously attended the Thursday night conferences. She would hop in her 53 Chevy (or her Checker Limo) at about 4:00 p.m., drive home to Haddonfield, cook dinner and drive back to be on time for the conference. That was certainly the ultimate in dedication.

You might want to mention something about her little book which held the densities of various grades of glass and fish bones and a bunch of other facts that weren’t worth committing to memory but were certainly worth knowing. If I think of anything else I will let you know.

Warmest personal regards,

Michael S. Huckman, M.D.


Originally published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017; most-recently modified: Friday, May 24, 2019