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March 10, 2005 - Image 23

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2005-03-10

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Max M. Fisher

Absorbing His Teachings

"Like countless others, my understanding and appreciation of both
southeast Michigan and the world at large changed appreciably once
I met Max Fisher.
"By the time I made Max's acquaintance, his time on Earth had
already long exceeded what most of us would consider a "working
career" Yet he savored every day, eager to make new acquaintances,
gain new knowledge and complete new tasks as he put the finishing
touches on one project and enthusiastically began another.
"Shortly after I arrived in town, I became involved with the
Detroit Renaissance project. One of the first individuals I met was
Max Fisher. He invited my wife, Gisela, and me to his home. He
immediately made us fe el like welcome members of the community
and, yes, even friends. I soon learned that Max was an incredible individual, with a
brilliant mind and a huge heart — a giant among men. Whenever I came to him to
ask a question, to solicit support for a charity for anything at all, he always exceeded my
expectations and left me humbled.
"Each of us who watched Max at work and absorbed his teachings is richer for the
experience. Looking back on my visits with him, I now realize that each meeting
gave me fresh perspectives on leadership, both in the business world and the commu-
nity at large.
"This largely self-made man enjoyed the acquaintance of 710 fewer than 10 American
presidents. And, yet, the respect he earned from thousands of people from every station in
life — through sincere solicitude for the needs of others, fair business dealings and an
unending commitment to the community — represent his true legacy
"The good works oftWax Fisher made his name well known in many homes. It will
always be remembered with great fondness in ours."

and his contributions
to the Detroit Community.

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Dr. Dieter Zetsche is president and CEO, DaimlerChrysler Corporation,
the Chrysler Group, DaimlerChrysler AG, Auburn Hills


The United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum
mourns the loss of


"When you hear the name Max Fisher and you see his name on buildings, it
shows how you can go from rags to riches. The message for me as an African
American is that Max's story gives our people hope that as we've come front slav-
ery in this country and have risen up, you can take a little bit and do so much
to help others. The message I leave the Jewish community is that we stand
together in solidarity with you during this time of loss and sorrow, but we must
continue to build bridges going across racial and economic lines. ../klax built
those bridges."

—The Rev. Kenneth J. Flowers
Greater New Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Detroit


A Museum Founder, his early generosity was
instrumental in creating the institution.
His philanthropy and leadership were marked
by an extraordinary vision. We extend our
sincere condolences to his wife,
and his entire family.

Fred S. Zeidman, Chair
Ruth B. Mandel, Vice Chair
Sara J. Bloomfield, Director





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