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June Pride: Richard Fiscus, teacher extraordinaire

Celebrating June PRIDE

Richard Fiscus

Dick Fiscus arrived on Campus in 1955 as the Dean of Students with a Master’s Degree in Education.  Right away he was beloved by students. Fiscus was a great storyteller.  He taught for nearly 40 years.   Fiscus separated from his wife in the 1960s and took up with his longtime partner Howard Troy.  As a self-taught painter, Richard’s work became widely exhibited and acquired by museums and corporate collections—and was even used in Woody Allen’s film, Play It Again, Sam.  He was adored by students—in all departments who relied on his teaching talents, counseling skills, his relentless frankness, and marvelous sense of humor to help them create a life in the arts.  Jerry Burchard  who must have struggled with life at the School in the 1950s said that, “Fiscus was the guy you went to when your world was falling apart”


With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.



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