Elizabeth Fisher Kortlander, age 90, passed away at her Athens home on the morning of January 31st, 2014 after spending a very special week with her husband, children and grandchildren. Her caregivers, Sheila, Rhonda, Tabitha, Carrie and Sue shared in this special time.
The daughter of John Edward and Mae Abercrombie Fisher, she was born October 7th, 1923 in Nashville Tennessee. Majoring in English, she graduated from Vanderbilt University magna cum laude, and then held a fellowship at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. She went on to study art under renowned painter Clifford Still at the Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary. She received an M.F.A in painting and art history from the University of Iowa where she subsequently served as Curator of Fine Arts Prints and Slide Collection. Her thesis included an English translation of the Speculum Humanae Salvationis. Her Paintings have been exhibited in Iowa and Texas. She taught painting in the Austin City Recreation Program and taught English at the University of Wisconsin – Menasha, The University of Texas and Ohio University. She also was Curator of Learning Services in the School of Architecture at Ohio University and eventually served as the Fine Arts Slide Librarian from which she retired in 1989.
She was concerned with social and civil rights, serving on the boards in Athens of the League of Women’s Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union. In later years the environment was her primary concern, and so she pursued a more sustainable lifestyle. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Smith and Helen Wilson. She is survived by her husband William Kortlander, Her children, John Kortlander (Julie Taggart) and Elizabeth Kortlander (Bruce Harvey) and her grandchildren, Michael and Max Kortlander and Aaron and Jason Harvey.
A Celebration of her life will be held at the Unitarian Fellowship this Saturday, February 8th, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Contributions in her memory may be made to The Nature Conservancy.
Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.