Roger Fisher passed away on August 25, 2012.
MEMBER: 1999EMERITUS: 1999
BackgroundRecognized May, 1999, by the American College of Civil Trial Mediators for his substantial contributions to ADR in receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and welcomed into the College as an Emeritus Fellow.
Mr. Fisher taught for 60 years at Harvard Law School and spent decades teaching and advising corporate executives, labor leaders, attorneys, diplomats, and military and government officials on settlement and negotiation strategy. A former associate at Covington & Burling LLP, he graduated from Harvard and served in World War II before returning to Harvard for law school. His experiences in the war, and the loss of friends, inspired him to look for better ways for nations to resolve their differences, according to an obituary provided by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, where his son, Dr. Eliott S. Fisher, is a professor of medicine.
Mr. Fisher's career took him from post-WWII Paris, where he served on Ambassador Averell Harriman's Marshall Plan staff, to work as Assistant to the Solicitor General and a position consulting for John McNaughton, Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He also had a brief stint in public television, originating a WGBH series called "The Advocates", and serving as executive editor and on-screen moderator, the obituary said.
In 1981 Mr. Fisher and co-authors William Ury and Bruce Patton wrote "Getting to YES: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In." He and Messers. Ury and Patton co-founded the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, a university consortium dedicated to developing the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, according to the program's website. Mr. Fisher died on Aug. 25 in Hanover, New Hampshire, according to his son. He was married for 62 years to the former Caroline McMurtrie Speer until her death in 2010. He is also survived by his son, Peter R. Fisher of Maplewood, New Jersey, and by five grandchildren.
Lecturer on Law, 1958
Professor of Law, 1960
Samuel Williston Professor of Law, 1976
Director, Harvard Negotiation Project, 1980
Education/TrainingHarvard University A.B. 1943, Government
Harvard Law School LL.B. 1948