Douglas E. Fisk (41), always known as “Bud,” grew up in Cranston, RI. One of the first ENC graduates to earn a degree in chemistry, Doug started graduate work at MIT when World War II began. When chemists were needed for the war effort, he joined Hercules Powder Company and helped manufacture munitions in Wilmington, DE, Radford, VA, Chattanooga, TN, and Portage, WI. As the war wound down, Doug joined the BF Goodrich Company and worked for seven years in the synthetic rubber industry in Borger, TX and Akron, OH. In 1950, he joined the BF Goodrich Chemical Company in Avon Lake, OH, holding a number of positions before serving as Production Manager for 19 years. Doug retired in 1979.
Nicknamed “The Rhode Island Red” for his red hair, he sang tenor all four years with the ENC quartet, traveling for the college during the summers. Doug’s personal interests always began with service in his local church, where he often participated in Bible studies and the support of foreign missions. He also consistently served as worship leader and tenor soloist. After moving to Danville, PA, Doug used his artistic talent to design the sesquicentennial logo for the First Baptist Church and the bicentennial logo for the city of Danville. He also enjoyed oil painting and handcrafting solid-wood spinning wheels.
Doug and Rae (Rachel Emery, 42) celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary this past August. They have three children all of whom are graduates of ENC: David Fisk (66), Virginia (Fisk) Schafer (69), and James Fisk (76). Two of their four grandsons are also graduates of ENC: Jonathan Fisk (92) and Jeffrey Fisk (94). Currently, Doug and Rae live in Lakeview Village, a retirement community in Lenexa, Kansas.