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Old 10-12-2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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http://www.ajc.com/news/furman-bishe...st-159110.html

I haven't seen any about Tech yet, but I hadn't read this one about his son:

http://www.ajc.com/sports/bisher-i-saw-him-159002.html
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:32 PM   #2
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I took him to his first Indianapolis 500, and as soon as we hit town, he caught a taxi to a manufacturing company he'd corresponded with. It wasn't long before he was in the president's office talking shop, this sophomore at Georgia Tech. It was sort of like the time when Jesus disappeared and his parents found him in the temple talking with the elders, and I hope that isn't overdrawn.

I took him to his first, and only, bowl game. Georgia Tech played Texas Tech in the Sun Bowl, but the highlight of the trip was crossing into Juarez, his first time in a foreign country. He was careful not to drink the water.

The subject of Roger comes up today because I have lost him. A beautiful, handsome, loving man, no finer son has any parent ever had, and I grieve. Old men like me should be going first, not one who had so much to give to the world as he. Roger Chisholm Bisher passed away Monday afternoon. I saw him take his first breath in life and I saw him take his last. He was just 44, but in my heart he shall always be that smiling child blowing up his workshop. Thanks for giving me your time.
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:40 PM   #3
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I took him to his first Indianapolis 500, and as soon as we hit town, he caught a taxi to a manufacturing company he'd corresponded with. It wasn't long before he was in the president's office talking shop, this sophomore at Georgia Tech. It was sort of like the time when Jesus disappeared and his parents found him in the temple talking with the elders, and I hope that isn't overdrawn.

I took him to his first, and only, bowl game. Georgia Tech played Texas Tech in the Sun Bowl, but the highlight of the trip was crossing into Juarez, his first time in a foreign country. He was careful not to drink the water.

The subject of Roger comes up today because I have lost him. A beautiful, handsome, loving man, no finer son has any parent ever had, and I grieve. Old men like me should be going first, not one who had so much to give to the world as he. Roger Chisholm Bisher passed away Monday afternoon. I saw him take his first breath in life and I saw him take his last. He was just 44, but in my heart he shall always be that smiling child blowing up his workshop. Thanks for giving me your time.
:ugh: wow... that has to be the toughest thing he's ever had to do. Props to him. If I were to lose my son, I could never write that. The man sounded like the epitome of a Ramblin' Wreck.
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:08 PM   #4
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I had no idea about this, but there is apparently a scholarship in his name (the son) at Ga Tech:

http://www.finaid.gatech.edu/scholar...end.php#bisher
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:27 PM   #5
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Sometime in the past few years, Bisher wrote a column about his observing the freshmen coming onto campus at Tech for the first time. The parents giving them up, letting them fly. The kids embarking on a life's adventure. It was brilliant, poignant piece in its own right, but not everyone reading it knew of the Bishers' loss a few years before. For those of us who were aware, it grabbed your heart.
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:39 PM   #6
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Anybody know what happened to his son?
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:06 PM   #7
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Roger Bisher's cause of death has been described as being the result of a prolonged illness, with no readily mentioned specifics whatsoever, so apparently it's an extrmely private matter. He founded a very succesful business, Pime Power Services Inc., that is now being run by his widow, Addie Mathes
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Old 10-12-2009, 07:07 PM   #8
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I had classes with Roger at Tech. He was a quiet and bright guy. Never played celebrity as Furman Bisher's son. It was sad for him to die so young.
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