A Grace College graduate who went on to serve as the superintendent of parks and recreation for the city of Portage, Ind., is featured on the website, portagelife.com. Carl Fisher is a native of nearby Elkhart, Ind., who majored in history at Grace College and was instrumental in forming the Portage Community Historical Society. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article.
A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Carl Fisher
When people can do what they love as they work and contribute to the greater good of the community, most people say they’ve found their dream. Carl Fisher is lucky enough to be one of those people. A retired superintendent and lifelong volunteer of the Portage Historical Society, Fisher loves preserving history and educating people about the past.
Fisher grew up in Elkhart County, Indiana in Middlebury. He was raised the youngest of 5 siblings, which he counts as a blessing because his family pushed him to help others and to be the best version of himself. Fisher grew up on a dairy farm, but his parents also started raising chickens for their eggs, as well. ’
“I graduated from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana,” Fisher said. “I majored in History and minored in Spanish. I liked to get up in front of folks to try to deliver some things that might be helpful. I always really enjoyed history. It’s something I pretty much love, I’ve studied it all my life. I just believe if we have a good understanding of our past that it helps us to live better in the present.”
After college, Fisher taught at the elementary level for a few years, when he realized that he didn’t want to be a teacher for the rest of his life, he made the decision to go down to Bloomington to study at Indiana University.
“I always still wanted to work with people. I just really enjoy working with folks and making our lives better,” Fisher said. “I went ahead and got my Master’s Degree in Public Parks and Recreation. I’m completely retired now for the past 10 years, but I was the superintendent of parks and recreation for the city of Portage for 25 years, 1983 to 2008.”
In addition to being the superintendent, Fisher helped to create the Portage Community Historical Society. He still continues to volunteer throughout his retirement.
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