Jack Fisher, shoe store owner, commercial realtor
JACK FISHER, a gentle man who succeeded greatly in two careers as a shoe store owner and a realtor, passed away after an extended illness on June 17. He was 90.
Fisher, the longtime owner of Lane’s Shoe Store was known as a man who always had what customers needed. In his second career as a commercial realtor for Latter and Blum Real Estate Company, he worked very similarly, finding the right commercial property for the right customer. In both cases he made sure the fit was exactly right and to their liking.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921, Fisher came to New Orleans in 1940 and opened up his shoe store. However, it wasn’t long thereafter he was caught up in the maelstrom of World War II, serving in the Pacific theater as part of the 306th Airdrome Squadron, 5th Army Air Force of the Army of the United States. In recent years surviving members have held reunions and Fisher was a regular participant.
Following the end of the war, he returned home to work in his shoe store, eventually marrying his wife Dorothy, affectionately known by family and friends as “Dotsy.” When business at the shoe store slowed down in the 1970s, Fisher elected to try his hand at commercial real estate. He joined Latter and Blum as an associate in 1974, but became a full-time realtor when Lane’s Shoe Store was closed in 1980.
Fisher established significant sales records at the real estate firm, winning an award for the largest amount of commercial sales for 13 years in a row. In honor of his unprecedented record, the award was renamed the Jack Fisher Award. As much as he was concerned with leasing or selling large commercial properties, friends and family also noted that he won The Peanut Award, the award for the smallest transaction, for every year he led the way in commercial sales. It was a testament to his desire to match customers and to keep them happy.
Fisher was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite Consistory and the Jerusalem Temple Shriners. He was also an active member in a weekly investment club that considered stock and bond transactions between members.
Beside his wife of 63 years, Fisher is survived by sons Dr. Marc Fisher of Meridian, Mississippi and Ricki Fisher of Austin, Texas; daughters Jodi Levitan of Baltimore and Briann Shear, their spouses, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were held at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation at 11:00 p.m. on June 20 with Rabbi Ethan Linden officiating. Interment immediately followed at Chevra Thilim Cemetery.