Susan Fishman

1940 ∼ 2019

Susan Fishman

WOODS HOLE- Susan Fishman, 78, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Louise and Bernard Jacobson. She died March 21st at home surrounded by family, after a year long battle with cancer.

Susan attended Goucher College, and graduated from Stanford University with a BA degree in Music and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as a Master in Library Science.  Susan held the position of school librarian in the Concord, CA (1964-1968) school district and at the Weis Middle School in Galveston, TX (1992-2008) and was the Librarian of the Beth Yeshurun Day School in Houston (1985-1990).  Susan also taught Cataloging in the School of Library Science and Information at the University of Houston at Clear Lake.  Susan also taught Hebrew at the Temple B’nai Israel in Galveston.  In later life, she did volunteer work in the Falmouth and Woods Hole Libraries and at the Falmouth Hospital Gift Shop.

Susan was a life-long member of the American Library Association and the American Association of University Women.

Susan loved to hike and camp with her husband in Europe and the US at National Parks.  She enjoyed ballroom dancing, tennis and platform tennis.  She also was a master seamstress making her own clothing for years. Her love of poetry led her to volunteer at poetry festivals and to seek out poets in her life, many of whom became friends.

An avid believer in the transformative power of books, Susan strove to modernize every library that she worked in, including going so far as to become a certified network engineer to enable the first internet access in the Galveston Independent School District.

Nothing gave Susan more joy than sparking a love of books in children. Her family all benefited from weekly trips to the library and she volunteered at every library she could. She assisted both friends and new acquaintances with finding specific books for their child that would help transform them into lifelong readers. She bought voraciously at used book sales, only to redistribute the same titles to dozens of different people.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Harvey, her children Daniel and his wife Ellie, Jeremy and his wife Robyn, and Louise Goldberg and her husband Michael.  She will be missed by her grandchildren Eli, Ethan, Nathan, Avery, Evan and Seth. She is also survived by her brothers Larry (Jay) and David and their children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to the American Library Association in her name:


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Susan Fishman

1940 ∼ 2019

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