Donald Fisher was born in Kelowna, BC, in 1914 and received a BSc (Agr) with a Major in Horticulture in 1933. Graduate studies led to the awards of an MSA (Horticulture) from UBC in 1936 and a PhD from Iowa State University in 1941. Dr Fisher was an early North American pioneer in the use of controlled atmosphere storage of apples. During graduate work in Iowa he developed the correct storage atmosphere for Delicious apples, which is still used today. Other achievements were the conversion of widely spaced apple plantings (45 trees per acre in the 1950’s) to the present-day spacings of 900-3500 trees per acre. As a result Dr Fisher was regarded as a North American authority on fruit tree spacing and spoke on this topic to Horticultural Societies all over Canada and the US. In addition he published widely in Canadian and US scientific journals. Under the auspices of the American Pomological Society in 1976 he published a landmark book “History of Fruit Growing in the United States of America and Canada, 1860-1972”.
In a distinguished career with Agriculture Canada Dr Fisher served as Assistant Superintendent and Head of the Pomology Section, and then as Director of the Summerland Research Station. Honours and awards won during his career included an Award of Merit from the Canadian Horticultural Council, the Stark Award for Horticultural Research and a Fellowship of the American Society for Horticultural Research. He served as President of the American Pomological Society, Vice-President of the American Society for Horticultural Science and Editor of the Canadian Journal of Plant Science. On three occasions Dr Fisher served as President of the BC Interior Region of the Agricultural Institute of Canada. Dr Fisher received the Silver Acorn Award from the Boy Scouts of Canada in recognition of his community service as Scoutmaster of the Summerland Boy Scouts Troop for 27 years. Following retirement Dr Fisher serves as a tree fruit consultant. Dr and Mrs Fisher (Dorothy) reside in Summerland, BC, and they have one son (Alan Guy) and two daughters (Shirley Ellen and Patricia Jean).