Vice Principal, Chairman,
Teacher of Mathematics and Science, 1921-1923
Birth: January 14, 1892
Death: September 9, 1980
Spouse: Ethel Mae Cobb Fisher (1891-1966)
Married: June 27, 1916
Emily Margaret Fisher Mauney (1930-2008)
Hilbert Cobb Fisher
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery
Faith, Rowan County, North Carolina, USA
From: History of the Math Department at NCSU
Professor Yates retired as head of the mathematics department in 1932. Hilbert Fisher served as acting head for one year until John Harrelson, who was on leave at the time, could assume the headship in 1933. However, after just one year, Harrelson was summoned to be the chief administrator officer of the College. Fisher then took over as head and served from 1934 to 1957.
Hilbert A. Fisher was born on Jan. 14, 1892, in Salisbury, North Carolina. He graduated from Mount Pleasant Collegiate Institute (junior college) in June, 1911, and entered the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He made his letter in athletics for four years, and for three years he was the leading batter on the baseball team. Prof. Fisher graduated from the Naval Academy in June, 1915. During World War I he was in transport service and made 10 round trips to Europe convoying troops. He served on the dreadnought (a battleship armed with six or more guns having calibers of 12 inches or more) U. S. S. New Hampshire for two years and was Executive Engineering Officer for one year. In 1919 Prof. Fisher graduated from the U. S. Submarine School and for the next year was assigned to sea duty on a submarine. He resigned from the navy in 1920 and came to State College as an instructor in the Department of Mathematics. In 1921 Prof. Fisher accepted an offer to be co-principal of the Mount Amoena Seminary at Mount Pleasant; he returned to State College in 1924. In 1927 Fisher received a Master of Science in Physics from State College. He received an honorary doctorate from Lenoir-Rhyne College. He is the author of textbooks in solid geometry and algebra. (Adapted from Alumni News, February, 1940, Fisher folder, UA # 9.3, NC State Archives)
From The Jacob Fisher Family, 1727-1958, compiled by James L. fisher, Arthur W. Fisher, and Hilbert A. Fisher, 1959, p. 125-127.
11-8 DR. HILBERT ADAM HENDERSON FISHER, b. Jan. 14, 1892, m. June 27, 1916, Ethel Mae Cobb. Children: 11-9: Hilbert Cobb – Emily Margaret.
Dr. John W. Harrelson, Chancellor-Emeritus of North Carolina State college, has this to say about Dr. Fisher:
“Dr. Hilbert Adam Fisher is one of the South’s most distinguished educators, has made an outstanding record of achievements in community activities, is a leading figure in intercollegiate athletics, and is a key leader in his church.
“Serving with distinction as a member of the North Carolina State college faculty since 1921, Dr. Fisher was appointed Head of the College’s Department of Mathematics on July 1, 1934, a position which he now holds.
“He was graduated from Mt. Pleasant Collegiate Institute in 1911; was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1915, and was graduated from the U. S. Submarine School in 1919. He earned his Master of Science degree from North Carolina State College in 1928 and did graduate study at Duke University from 1928 to 1930. He was awarded the L. L. D. degree by Lenoir Rhyne College in 1940.
“Prior to joining the North Carolina State College faculty, Dr. Fisher was a Naval officer from 1915 to 1920 and was assigned to Atlantic transport duty during World War I.
“Dr. Fisher is a former President of the Southern Athletic Conference, is Chairman of the Athletic Council at State College, and was Armed Services Coordinator of the College during World War II.
“He was a member of the Administrative Council of the Consolidated University of North Carolina from 1928-1934; was a member of the Council of the American Society for Engineering Education 1939-42; was a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Athletic conference 1942-48; and was President of the Southern conference 1944-1945.
“An outstanding layman in the Lutheran Church, Dr. Fisher has been a member of the Executive Committee of the United Lutheran Synod of North Carolina since 1940 and has been a member of the Board of Education of the United Lutheran Church of America since 1950.
“His other professional and honorary affiliations include membership in the American mathematical Society, the american Society for Engineering Education, and Phi Kappa Phi, national honorary scholarship society.
“Dr. Fisher is the author of textbooks on solid geometry, elementary algebra, and college algebra. He is a leading authority in the science of mathematics and is widely known for his professional achievements.
“Dr. Fisher’s associates at north Carolina State college hold him in high esteem, have the greatest respect for his professional judgement, and look to him for guidance and counsel in many matters.”
On June 27, 1916, he was married to Ethel Mae Cobb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Cobb of Guilford County. She was educated in the Guilford County schools, Jefferson Academy, Mt. Amoena Seminary, and the Florence Hunt School of Music.
Dr. and Mrs. Fisher have been active members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Raleigh, N. C., for thirty years.