Blanche Fischer Brown, a teacher, administrator and private school owner in the City of Falls Church for 34 years, died on Monday, Feb. 29 at age 94 in Kill Devil Hills, NC.
Fischer began her teaching career in 1945 at Miss Thompson’s Primary School in the City of Falls Church while her husband was in the Pacific during World War II. Upon the retirement of the owner, Edith Thomspon, she and her husband, William A. Fischer, purchased the school name in 1948.
The school was reopened at 7219 Lee Highway in Falls Church for the 1948 school year with Blanche Fischer as owner director and kindergarten teacher. The 1949 school year began on 13 acres of land they purchased, known as Holiday Hill, in the Tyson’s Corner area. A swimming pool was added and in the summer it operated as a very successful summer camp.
That location now houses The Colonies Condominiums on Old Meadow Road in McLean. In 1964 the land as sold and Fischer became the director of the Falls Church Episcopal Day School. She held that position, while teaching kindergarten, until her retirement in 1979.
In addition to her 34 years of teaching kindergarten, Fischer taught Sunday school at the Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church. Upon her retirement, she and her husband moved to Lake of the Woods near Fredericksburg. She continued her passion for golf, which she had learned at the Country Club of Fairfax. in 1980, her husband passed away and in 1982 she married Melvin Brown, who died in 1997.
Born on December 19, 1921 in Buena Vista, Ga., Blanche lost both of her parents by the age of six. She met her first husband while he was on a college geological expedition in 1939.
In addition to her service as a kindergarten and Sunday school teacher, Fischer was a founding member and hospitality chair of the Falls Church Woman’s Club, won the Exception Contribution to the Activities to the Society award from the The American Society of Photogrametry in 1973, was the president of the Northern Virginia Private School Association in 1974 and 1975 and publicity chair and hospitality chair for the Virginia Association of Early Childhood Education.
A Washington Post reporter, who was also the parent of a kindergartener, once wrote an article called “A School Play Chases The Humbugs,” which complimented Fischer, the writer and director of the play. Those who knew her would say that Blanche Fischer Brown was known by all to “chase the humbugs.”
Fischer is survived by her daughter, Judy Fischer Dressendorfer and her son-in-law John Dressendorfer of Vienna, her son Jeff Fischer and her daughter-in-law Diane Fischer of Kill Devil Hills, NC, four grandchildren – Trevor Soloff, Ashleigh Soloff, Kevin Fischer and Todd Fischer, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
A funeral service will be held in Kill Devil Hills, NC and a celebration of life and burial service will be held on Monday, March 21 at 11 a.m. at the Falls Church at 115 E. Fairfax Street.