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Dr. Newton Duchan Fischer

October 21, 1921 September 15, 2018
Dr. Newton Duchan Fischer
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Newton Duchan Fischer MD passed peacefully in his home on Saturday September 15, 2018. He was born on October 21,1921, the youngest of four siblings. A child of the Great Depression, he understood the value of hard work, living simply and embracing life. Dr. Newton Fischer established the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in 1952 at the UNC School of Medicine, and served as chief of the department for more than 30 years.

He is survived by his 5 children: Amelia Fischer Drake, husband Craig L. Drake, Jeannette Fischer Stein, husband Roy Stein, Duncan Kinnear Fischer, wife Anne Billington Fischer, Helen Rich Fischer, and Anne Crowe Fischer, husband Anthony Tufaro. He has always been exceptionally proud of his 8 grandchildren: Sarah Stein, Jacob N. Stein, wife Sayaka Hino, Eva J. Stein, Luke D. Fischer, Kent B. Fischer, Duncan Fischer, Connor D. Drake, and Clifford Drake III.

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the Department of Music at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – 523 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 or or to the Newton D. Fischer Professorship, c/o the Medical Foundation, CB # 7565, 123 W Franklin Street, Suite 510, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to

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