University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

In Memoriam: Dr. Laura T. Fishman, Prof. Emerita of Sociology

I write to share the sad news that Dr. Laura T. Fishman, Prof. Emerita of Sociology, passed away on May 22nd. She was a fine colleague and sociologist, an advocate, a dedicated teacher, a tireless mother of her sons, and a charming and unique human being. After graduating cum laude with honors from Pembroke College in Brown University in 1959, she received an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1966 and a Ph.D. from McGill University in 1984. She had post-doctoral fellowships in Behavioral Sciences Training in Drug Abuse Research at Narcotic and Drug Research, Inc. and National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI). Her book Woman at the Wall: A Study of Prisoners' Wives Doing Time on the Outside (SUNY Press) was published in 1990. She received the UVM Arts and Sciences Dean's Lecture Award in the spring of 1998, and the Dr. Coramae Richey Mann Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology in 2000.

 Fishman began teaching at UVM in 1971. She had high standards for rigorous thought and excellent writing.  Students gained immensely from her careful editing and Socratic method of sharpening their thinking and argumentation. She was also a very supportive colleague who was eager to exchange ideas with younger faculty members. She was generous with her wisdom and advice, and was valued for her insights, especially regarding racial disparities. She will be missed.

 A memorial service will be announced at a later date.