In Memoriam: Milton Fischer, PhD
Milton Fischer, PhD, a long-time clinical adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and a distinguished researcher at the Central Wisconsin Center (CWC), died on March 26, 2018.
Dr. Fischer joined the CWC staff in 1968 and worked with Dr. Harry Waisman, for whom the Waisman Center is named. His volunteer appointment with the Department of Pediatrics started in 1975.
Dr. Fischer retired from the CWC in 1992, but returned two years later as a part-time volunteer, seeking ways—through his field of biochemistry—to identify and solve complex, poorly understood nutritional and metabolic issues in people with profound developmental disabilities.
He also worked part-time in a UW-Madison nutritional sciences lab developing the method to study the structural reason for the indigestibility of a gel-forming polysaccharide, the active substance in the psyllium seed, work that resulted in an internationally acclaimed paper.
In addition, he developed a database to better understand how fracture patterns differ between people at the Center and postmenopausal women. Most recently, he was working on a manuscript describing the contributions of biochemistry to the field of autism.
Since 2000, Dr. Fischer coauthored at least 11 publications and one poster. In 2008, he received an award from President George W. Bush for his commitment to volunteer work—efforts that he continued until his death.