Mapping World War II
Thursday, December 9th 7:00pm
Leonard Everett Fisher: Painter, Illustrator and Author
Suggested donation: $5
This is the “stuff of espionage movies”. It will keep you on the edge of your seat..”
PowerPoint presentation, longtime Westporter, artist Leonard Everett Fisher will trace his role during World War II in the development and creation of the battle and invasion maps for the Mediterranean/Europe and Pacific Ocean Area Theatres of War.
These missions were conducted by the 30th Topographic Engineers under the command of the Army’s Chief of Staff and the Commanders-in-Chiefs of the Pacific and Pacific Ocean Area (CINCPAC/CINCPOA) in association with the Joint Intelligence Command Pacific Ocean Area (JICPOA). They included the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th US Army operations in North Africa, Italy, France, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the aborted invasion of Japan. Painter, illustrator, author LEONARD EVERETT FISHER was born in New York City in 1924. He began his art training at the Heckscher Foundation (NY) in 1932, and later studied with Moses Soyer at the New Art School, Reginald Marsh at the Art Students League, and Olindo Ricci and Serge Chermayeff at Brooklyn College where he also studied geology and paleonthology (1941-1942). During World War II, he served with the Operations Section, U.S Army’s 30th Topographic Engineers, assigned to the staff of General George C. Marshall and later JICPOA (Joint Intelligence Command Pacific Ocean Area), and participated in the tactical topographic mapping of major Allied campaigns in the Mediterranean, European, and Pacific Theaters (1942-1946). Following the war, he attended Yale University’s School of Art where he earned BFA and MFA degrees (1949, 1950). The International Biographical Centre, Cambridge (UK) included him in its Y2K compendium, 2000 Outstanding Artists and Designers of the 20th Century. His vita can found in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Art, and the Dictionary of International Biography.The University of Connecticut maintains a significant archive of his works at the Dodd Center and is the publisher of Leonard Everett Fisher: A Life of Art (1998). He and his wife, Margery, a retired school librarian and member of the Bank Street College book committee, are the parents of three children and the grandparents of six.