LADISLAV FISCHMEISTER, MD, PhD: 1923 –2003
is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our good friend Dr.
Lada Fischmeister. who died in Sarasota, Florida on Easter Sunday,
having reached his eightieth birthday on March 12th.
He had undergone a serious operation ten days earlier.
He seemed to have been recovering well the first three days, but
his condition worsened and he
passed away in the intensive care unit of the hospital,
with his wife Martha by his side.
Born in Humpolec, Czechoslovakia, Lada was the only child of Andela and
Bretislav Fischmeister. In
his youth he spent time in the Auschwitz concentration camp, having been
judged as not fully Aryan. After
WW II his undergraduate studies at Prague’s Charles University were
terminated by the Communists for political activities.
He quickly left for Switzerland, receiving a long
sentence in absentia. He completed his studies at
the University of Geneva, where
he earned his medical degree,
specializing in obstetrics and his PhD in biochemistry. He later emigrated
to Quebec where he practiced obstetrics at a Catholic hospital. Upon being discovered as not being Catholic, he was given an
opportunity to study further, became a psychiatrist, and practiced in a northern Canadian hospital.
In the early sixties
he and his first wife, Marush, came to Washington where he entered a
position at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. In the eighties he joined the Veterans’ Mental Hospital
in Jacksonville, Florida., from whence in 1988 he retired and moved to
Sarasota, Florida. After the
death of Marush he married
his second wife, Martha who cared for him through the rest of his life.
Dr. Fischmeister spoke six languages. He was known as one of the half dozen most prominent Czechoslovak
stamp collectors, primarily for his exhibits of stamp rarities, which won him numerous national as well as
international awards. Dr.
Fischmeister was a member of the American Philatelic Society where he
served on the Expertizing Committee and the Society for Czechoslovak
Lada had an extraordinary love and respect for animals and would want any
memorial contributions to be made to animal rescue charities of the
had no close living relatives, and is survived only by Martha and their
five cats who live at 1419 Fleetwood Dr., Sarasota, FL 34232.
A memorial service will take place in Humpolec at a later date.
He will be sorely missed by his philatelic and other friends on both sides
of the Atlantic.
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