The modest generosity of Dr. Ben Fisch, one of Tyler’s extraordinary leaders, will have a lasting effect on The University of Texas at Tyler, according to President Rodney Mabry.
Dr. Fisch died June 18.
Dr. Ben Fisch (far right) at the September 2003 opening of the Herrington Patriot Center, featuring the Maytee Fisch Convocation Center.
Dr. Fisch and his family have been faithful UT Tyler supporters for more than two decades.
“Ben and his beloved late wife, Maytee, were great friends of The University of Texas at Tyler through their multiple philanthropic gifts over many years. But they were so much more than that to my wife Merle and me, and to a number of others here at this University,” President Mabry said. “As much as we deeply appreciated their gift support to this institution, they were personal friends of ours, and we enjoyed many hours in their company. Ben will truly be missed.”
The Maytee Fisch Convocation Center, home to the UT Tyler Patriot basketball and volleyball teams, is one of several notable UT Tyler contributions.
This state-of-the-art 30,000-square-foot center includes three full basketball/volleyball courts, seating for 2,000 and a custom sound system.
“The Fisch family has been dedicated to enriching the lives of not only our students but also the community through their selfless giving, which they always did in such a quiet and humble manner,” President Mabry added.
The UT Tyler Fisch Convocation Center hosted more than 200 non-athletic and community events last year.
The support of the Fisch family also included three endowed presidential scholarships, an endowed academic chair, the Patriot Golf Classic, President’s Associates, Friends of the Arts, Distinguished Lecture Series and R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.
His memberships included UT Tyler Development Board, UT Tyler Palestine Campus Development Council and Cowan Center Circle of Friends.
UT Tyler recognized Dr. and Mrs. Fisch’s enduring contributions to the advancement of the university and the community in 2001 with the Patriots of the Year Award.
“Tyler and East Texas lost a great man and important philanthropist, and I lost a personal friend and mentor. This quiet, unassuming man could be ferociously loyal to his friends, and he was steadfast in his beliefs. Dr. Fisch loved his family, his synagogue and the University,” said President Mabry.