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Obituaries: Ficek, Fisher, Mullin, Redding


Thomas K. Ficek (1939 – 2013)

ALBANY—Thomas K. Ficek, 73, of Albany died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Albany Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

Born September 30, 1939 in Albany, he was the son of the late Karel and Ann (Jamba) Ficek.

Mr. Ficek was a computer technician for New York State in Albany.

He is survived by his aunt, Catherine Sturges of Hudson and several cousins.

Private graveside services will be held at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

William Fisher (1928 – 2013)

PITTSFIELD, MA—William Fisher of Old Chatham, a retired journalist and international development consultant, died at Berkshire Medical Center, June 11, 2013. He was 84.

He is survived by: his daughters, Victoria Fisher of New Marlborough, MA, and Julie Fisher of Ashfield, MA; a son-in-law, Ronald Gorevic of Ashfield and a granddaughter, Kezia of Ashfield.

Mr. Fisher was born October 23, 1928 in Brooklyn and attended schools there. He was graduated from Stetson University, Deland, FL, in 1950, with a major in journalism. He served as president of the Florida Intercollegiate Press Association and was editor of the college newspaper, The Reporter.

He served in the U.S. Army Military Police during the Korean War, 1950 to ‘52.

Mr. Fisher’s early work life combined his two loves-newspaper writing and jazz. He worked his way through college playing jazz piano, preparing arrangements and conducting a 13-piece swing band. Soon he added newspaper reporting to his schedule, landing a job as cub reporter on the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

He returned to the News-Journal in 1952 as a bureau chief, at which time he also began reporting for The Associated Press. Mr. Fisher was also the first white correspondent of the Baltimore Afro-American, for which he wrote a series of investigative articles dealing with police corruption and racial bigotry in Central Florida.

In the mid 1950s, Mr. Fisher began a career designing and managing public relations programs for not-for-profit organizations in the hospitals, health and welfare fields. His clients included Montefiore Hospital, the New York Citizens Committee for Children, CARE and the Korean-American Foundation. He subsequently formed his own public relations firm in New York City.

In 1961, Mr. Fisher was recruited by the John F. Kennedy White House to join the administration as a speech writer and public affairs specialist. He served as a member of the White House Committee on Trade Expansion.

Following the death of President Kennedy, Mr. Fisher joined a major New York public relations firm and moved to London to head the firm’s first international office.

In 1973, he formed his own public relations firm in London, and joined his wife, the late Florence Zucker Fisher, in founding Environmental Resources Ltd. (ERL), the first environmental consulting firm outside the United States. ERL won several Queen’s Awards for service to Her Majesty.

In the mid 1980s, Mr. Fisher began yet another career in international development. He served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations, and the U.S. State Department and managed economic development programs in more than a dozen countries in North and sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America and Southeast Asia.

Over the last few years of Mr. Fisher’s semi-retirement, he reported on political and economic issues for various internet publications.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Innocence Project, Reporters Without Borders or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. Condolences may be conveyed at

Anna Mullin (1932 – 2013)

CHATHAM—Anna Mullin passed away June 10, 2013.

She was born March 3, 1932 in Bayonne, New Jersey. She will be missed by her friends and caregivers.

Graveside services will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, June 14 at the Valley View Cemetery in Dover Plains.

Condolences may be conveyed at

Harry D. Redding, Jr. (1930 – 2013)

CHURCHTOWN—Harry D. Redding, Jr., 82, of Churchtown passed away Friday, June 14, 2013 at his residence.

Born September 20, 1930 in Pine Plains, he was the son of the late Florence and Harry D. Redding, Sr.

Mr. Redding served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Leyte (CV-32), where he earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal with European Clasp. He was a self-employed carpenter and well-known for his master carpentry skills. In his spare time, he built model planes and dollhouses. He also delivered meals to senior citizens for the Meals-on-Wheels Program.

Mr. Redding was the beloved husband of the late Frances (Belcher) Redding. He was also predeceased by his brother, Robert and his son, William.

Surviving are: his daughter-in-law, Anna Redding of Craryville; his sister, Arlene Goldman of Greenport; his grandchildren, William Redding of East Taghkanic and Kaitlyn Redding of Hudson and many other relatives in the Redding and Goldman families.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made to the Meals-on-Wheels Program, 325 Columbia Street, Hudson 12534.

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