During the one-year anniversary of his death, Washington State Community College honored former Respiratory Therapy instructor Bob Fischer with a dedication plaque ceremony in the Community Room on campus. Robert Carl "Bob" Fischer was the director of Respiratory Therapy at Marietta Memorial Hospital, in addition to teaching at Washington State Community College (WSCC).
Respiratory Therapy director and professor, Dr. Rob Kinker, said Bob Fischer was well-regarded in the respiratory therapy profession. "He was quite involved with the American Association for Respiratory Care as well as the Ohio Association for Respiratory Care and society," said Kinker. "He was loved by all those that worked with him, as well as the students that had him as an instructor."
A dedication plaque was presented, as well as a ceremony to honor Fischer's legacy. Speakers included WSCC President Dr. Bradley Ebersole, Foundation Executive Director Gail Reynolds, and Respiratory Therapy Class President Jamie McGee. The honorary plaque states, "Bob Fischer, 1952-2011, a life dedicated to the care of others."
From left, Mary Gardner, Respiratory Therapy (RT) instructor; Dr. Mark Nutter, chief academic officer; Dr. Bradley Ebersole, WSCC president; Dr. Dixie Vaughan, dean of health sciences; Dr. Rob Kinker, RT department chair; Dr. Tipton, RT medical director; Jamie McGee, RT student class president; Jackie Criss, RT student class vice president; Kathy Baker, director clinical education; and RT students Samantha Schmidt, Jeff Eddy, Mes Kerem Estephanos, Randall Fluharty, and Patrick Engle.
Dr. Kinker said it was Fischer's former students' idea to have the plaque and ceremony. "He was very dedicated to the profession and it shows through his students," says Kinker.
Bob Fischer passed away on Feb. 8, 2011, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.