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Madeleine Bond Fisher of Wellesley Hills, died peacefully at Maristhill Rehabilitation Center on March 31, 2018, about a month after her 95th birthday.
Born in New York City on February 28, 1923, she grew up in Garden City, Long Island, the daughter of Mary Morgan, a descendent of the steamship magnate, Charles Morgan, and Walter Bond, a lawyer. She attended private schools and then went on to obtain a degree in English from Smith College, where she married Alfred Fisher a professor of English and Creative Writing. When that marriage ended after eleven years, she moved to Wellesley, MA. Not trained in any particular profession and having to support two young daughters, she sold hats at Filenes, taught Bible Literature at Walnut Hill School, got a real estate license, sold books at the Harvard Coop, and finally went to Boston University to obtain a Social Work Degree. She then worked for many years at Adams House, a psychiatric facility affiliated with the Harvard Teaching Hospitals. She was passionate about social justice and had lists of organizations to which she made monthly contributions, the Southern Poverty Law Center being her favorite. After retiring from social work she pursued a career in antiques with her lifelong partner, Bill Samaha, a renowned antiques dealer. He often said that he knew business and she knew human relationships, and that her ability to connect with others was infectious and marketable. She made friends wherever she went because of her generous and thoughtful nature. She had a great love of people, chocolate, memorabilia, the theatre, movies, and MSNBC. Listening to Rachel Maddow sustained her as her eyesight faded and it became harder for her to read.
She is survived by her partner, Bill, her daughter, Revan Miles, her stepson, Adam Fisher, four grandchildren (Amy Kelly, Jason Miles, Ian Kelly and Katharine Warner), three step-grandchildren (Olivia DeStefani, Angus Fisher, Ives Fisher) and nine great grandchildren. A daughter, Reid Kelly, and a son-in-law, Anthony Miles, predeceased her.
A memorial service will be held at Story Chapel, Mt. Auburn Cemetery, April 30 at 11:30 AM. Burial is private.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the American Heart Association.