After being discharged from the Army, Mr. Fields obtained a master’s degree and an Ed.D. degree, both from Columbia University. He also held a second master’s degree in legal studies from the University of Baltimore.
From 1962 to 1964, he taught history and social studies at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, N.J.
In 1964, he was appointed dean at the Community College of Baltimore, where he was responsible for implementing the Allied Health Programs that trained nurses and medical technicians.
In 1990, he was named vice president of Baltimore International College, a culinary arts college at which he oversaw the school’s accreditation study and transition to a four-year institution. The college was later taken over by Stratford University in 2012.
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After retiring, he served as a longtime docent and volunteer at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
He enjoyed reading, fine dining, playing tennis and vacationing at a second home in Ocean City. He also liked taking road trips to the West and traveling to Europe and Central and South America.
Services are private.
Mr. Fields is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Carolyn Butterweck; two sons, William F. Fields of Towson and Ralph Robert Fields of Tacoma, Wash.; a daughter, Christine F. Will of Timonium; a sister, Kay L. Fields of Bethesda; and seven grandchildren.