Zeno M. Fisher Jr., 58, phone company manager


Zeno Melvin Fisher Jr., a retired telephone company staff manager who had been active in Carroll County civic affairs, died of acute arrhythmia Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Westminster resident was 58.

Mr. Fisher was born in Baltimore and raised in Woodmoor. He was a 1964 graduate of Milford Mill High School and earned an engineering degree from Loyola College in 1974.

He began his 30-year communications career with Western Electric Corp. in the switch engineering group. After the breakup of the national telephone monopoly, he worked for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. -- subsequently named Bell Atlantic and now known as Verizon. He was staff manager in network planning at his 1995 retirement.

He was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America and had been a member of Verizon's Carroll County community relations team.

Mr. Fisher was a former member of the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission. He had also been a member of the county Department of Recreation and was a former member of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

He was a member of the Westminster Kiwanis Club, a past president of the Gamber-Smallwood Optimist Club, and volunteered with Special Olympics.

He was a communicant of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster.

Services were held yesterday.

Mr. Fisher is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Dianne Flater; a son, Zeno M. Fisher III of Baltimore; a daughter, Danielle Spence of Manchester; two brothers, Earl J. Fisher of Westminster and Michael W. Fisher of Pasadena; and a grandson.

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