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Phyllis Fisher, steelworker and advocate, dies

Phyllis Fisher, steelworker and advocate, dies

Phyllis Rosalyn Fisher, a former Bethlehem Steel worker who became an advocate for the unemployed in her industry, died of cancer Jan. 1 at Gilchrist Hospice Care of Towson. The former Northeast Baltimore resident was 65.

Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Rudolph Hoggard, a laborer, and Mable Elaine, a factory worker.

She was raised on Guilford Avenue and attended Eastern High School. When she was 17, she received her GED and enlisted in the Army.

She met Ralph Fisher, a jazz drummer, in 1970 at the old Casino Club on Pennsylvania Avenue. They later married.

"In 1976 she put on her hard hat and steel toe boots and began working as a steelworker at...