Marjorie Fisher ’42 distinguished herself as a security analyst at time when few women were working in the field of finance. Her election as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Security Analysts—the first woman in the nation to the lead a group of investment professionals—made headlines in 1961. A New York Times piece, titled “Woman Heads Unit of Stock Experts,” opened by describing Fisher as “a bright-eyed, vivacious woman who wears suits with the flair of the model.”
Fisher, whose mother graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1907, came to the College from Toronto, Ontario. She majored in economics and was hired after graduation to write business reviews for Dun and Bradstreet. From 1945 to 1949, Fisher worked as an assistant field director for the American Red Cross. Her first assignment took her to Cavite and other battle areas in the Philippines. She subsequently served in Kobe, Japan, and then Tokyo before completing her service at the Veterans Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts. In 1949, Fisher was appointed as executive secretary for the Mount Holyoke Institute on the United Nations. In 1950, she moved to California to work as a statistician and security analyst for Capital Research Company. She was the company’s only woman analyst; her areas of specialty were chemical, drug, food, and insurance stocks. Fisher was named a vice president in 1959. A decade later, Fisher became a vice president for American Mutual Fund, Inc., which was managed Capital Research. (Capital Research later became The Capital Group Companies, one of the world’s largest investment management organizations with assets of around one trillion USD.) Fisher, who had served as president of the Mount Holyoke College Club of Southern California from 1952 to 1954 and chaired the 1956–1957 Alumnae Fund Drive, was appointed as an alumnae trustee in 1962. During her five-year term, she was a member of the finance committee and also sat on the building and grounds committee during a particularly active period of campus building. In 1987, the Alumnae Association recognized Fisher’s pioneering career and service to Mount Holyoke by presenting her with its Medal of Honor. Fisher has continued to champion Mount Holyoke’s mission and give generously to her alma mater. Her gifts include endowing the environmental studies professorship currently held by Jill Bubier.