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St. Patrick's playoff game at The War Memorial in 1959

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1963-64 NYU team -  Number one in the country, beat Syracuse Dave Bing Jim Boeheim, NIT; and NYU team produced seven NBA, ABA Players
Front Row: Rich Dyer,Rich Brown,Barry Kramer,Gene Fisch,Carlton Rooks ,Stan McKenzie
Back Row: Coach Lou Rossinni, Tom Boose, Happy Hairston, Bob Patton, Steve Jordan, Clem Galliard, Ray Bennett, Team Manager, Ass't Coach Art Loche


Fisch congratulated by Joe Lamanna 

 Italian Scholar -athlete award

Gene Fisch

When I look back into our history, I wonder how we survived at all.  I am grateful to be the beneficiary of my mother’s and father’s life values and thankful that I had a chance to live them out. Gratitude can make the seemingly impossible possible.  I hope readers will come away with the message of the book - that it is not the anguish, but rather the joy of human triumph that gives meaning to our lives. This book honors those of the greatest generation, ethnic Americans WWII mothers and fathers who, like my own, left behind the terror and devastation of the Second World War and brought their children to America, where we have been tremendously grateful for the safe haven this country provides, a safe haven where we left behind a tortured world so that our children, our grandchildren can comfortably live in peace, a brave heart, and look to the future, to have a future.

My professional career was once described by a reporter as a “rags-to- riches” story. A Polish immigrant, arriving in the United States as a child after surviving, with my family, the worst of the World War II horrors, I went on to apply the best of the old-world traditions of discipline, integrity and sacrifice to excel, first in athletics, then in government and academia, and finally in the business world. I graduated with distinction from New York University with a BS in economics and an M.B.A, having also excelled as a record scorer on the NYU freshman basketball team and becoming a starting point guard on the nationally ranked NYU team. In 2011, I was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.  In 2018, the Syracuse Post Standard identified me in the top 10 of CNY's greatest high school basketball players of all time.

My professional career was multi-faceted. In the academic world, I was a lead lecturer on effective management at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; NYU; LSU. New Orleans University. As an entrepreneur in the private sector, I was CEO and chairman of my own company. In my formal corporate career, I was an executive with such Fortune 500 corporations as Conalco, Allusiusse/Phelps Dodge, (senior vice president for marketing, group vice president, and Co-COO); American Can Company (director of planning and control); and Oneida Ltd. (director of European marketing). In the public sector, I was the first consumer affairs director for the City of Syracuse and served in an advisory capacity for President Richard Nixon’s campaign. 


I pioneered in 1996, a forward visionary telemedicine management system of care at the point of care primarily serving federal, state, and local prison systems. I designed, developed, and electronically consolidated integrated hospital functions, healthcare delivery services, clinical management at the point of care. Joint ventured with Hughes Corporation's state of the art satellite/ground based digitized fiber optic dedicated network systems, communications technology applications enabling voice, video, text, audio be transmitted in real time at point of care.

Madison Square Garden. 
Bill Cunningham, Gene Fisch

North Carolina game

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