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Published on Feb 17, 2012
Malinda Berry Fischer of Stillwater, Okla., graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in education. She is currently President of Marietta Royalty Company and Chairman of Thomas N. Berry & Company. She was inducted into the OSU Alumni Hall of Fame on February 17, 2012, at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.
Fischer completed her freshman year of college at Pine Manor Junior College in Wellesley, Mass., when she met her husband, Dick, a Harvard hockey player. Following family tradition since her maternal grandmother's graduation from OAMC in 1898, Fischer transferred to OSU. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, 1957 American Royal Queen and 1959 Maid of Cotton, which took her around the world for the American Cotton Industry, Cotton Council International and U.S. Department of Agriculture. She was honored as a Redskin Congratulate in 1958 and 1959.
In 1960, she and her husband moved to Cambridge, Mass., where he attended Harvard Law School and she attended the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration.
In 1963, they moved to Rochester, N.Y., their home for the next 32 years, where Fischer worked as an organizational management and development consultant. She became the first woman to serve on the Chase Bank, N.A. Rochester Division board and as president of the Harvard Business School of Rochester. She held leadership roles on many boards, some of which included: Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester Area Community Foundation, Al Sigl Community of Agencies, Rochester Downtown Development Corp., Strong Museum, Women for Corporate Boards, and the Junior League. As Rape Crisis Service Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Rochester, she oversaw the acceptance of one of the first rape victim evidence kits in the country.
Fischer's exceptional community service was acknowledged by her receiving the District Attorney of Monroe County, N.Y. Civic Achievement Award; Forman Flair Award; Girl Scout Women of Distinction and her listing in the inaugural edition of "Outstanding Young Women of America."
In 1995, Fischer returned to Stillwater as President & CEO of Thomas N. Berry & Company, which was founded and incorporated in 1937 by her grandfather, father and uncles.
Fischer's community service efforts in Oklahoma include board involvement with Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Heritage Trust Company, Leadership Oklahoma, Oklahoma Arts Institute, The Oklahoma Academy, OSU's University Club and Friends of Music, Stillwater Museum Association, and the Oklahoma WONDERtorium Advisory Council. Fischer served on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees from 1997-2007 as both Interim President & CEO (2004) and Chairman (2005).
In honor of her father, Fischer established the Thomas E. Berry Professorship in Water Research and Management. In 1998, to honor her maternal grandmother and mother and to support the arts, she established the Wise-Diggs-Berry Endowed Arts Faculty Award recognizing teaching excellence in the arts at OSU. Additionally, she has helped establish OSU's Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, N.M. and participates in other university-related art initiatives.
Fischer was designated a 2002 OSU Leadership Legacy, 2005 Homecoming Judge and 2006 OSU Distinguished Alumna. In 2005, the OSU Foundation named the Malinda Berry Fischer Gallery recognizing her service to the Foundation and OSU. She is a POSSE Club member and Life Member of the OSU Alumni Association.
Fischer and her husband reside in Stillwater. They have two sons, Richard (Angie) and Van (Darlene), and three grandchildren: Bretton, Jackson and Campbell.