Rodney A. Fisk, 79 of Princeton, NJ and New York City passed away on September 9, 2020 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx after battling brain cancer.
He was born in Birmingham, Michigan. He graduated as valedictorian from Detroit Country Day School. Rodney attended the University of Vermont where he was ranked third in his class before transferring as a junior to the University of Michigan. He majored in transportation economics at University of Michigan graduating with deans list honors and a commission in the Army Ordnance Corps. Rodney entered into active duty in the Army achieving rank of captain. He served three years in Germany commanding the Third Armored Division (Spearhead). He learned German well enough to serve as battalion interpreter. Shortly after being released from active duty he taught middle school in inner city of Detroit. After his job as a teacher he was quickly promoted to an assistant divisional manager of the country’s fifth largest department store J. L. Hudson Company.
Rodney entered into Harvard Business School where he received his MBA in 1969. After Harvard, he went on to join Trans World Airlines in New York full time. At TWA he moved up over the years to head the Internal Consulting Group and Management Appraisal and Arbitration. Rodney used to take day trips to surrounding areas outside of New York City. On one of those trips he discovered Princeton and became enamored of this small university town in New Jersey. He relocated to the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood where he and his partner Karl renovated two houses one of which was a Sears Roebuck Kit Home. After over ten years at TWA, he went on to tend to his investment properties in Princeton.
Rodney went on to work for National Interurban Consortium from 1980-1999. He headed a group of companies (Siemens Transportation, GE Signal, RJ Corman Railroad Construction) to operate some fifty miles of commuter-rail service in the greater Philadelphia area. Rodney then went on to work for Coldwell-Banker Residential Brokerage from 1999-2004. He was number one in buyer-controlled sales by his second year with company. Rodney was also a US Census Bureau Field Representative in 2008 and Enumerator (assistant coordinator) in 2010.
Rodney was a Princeton Borough Councilman from 1987-1989 who had worked with airlines and other transportation ventures. He advocated for privatizing the “Dinky” (the short line railroad between Princeton and Princeton Junction for service to New York City). His efforts gained extensive media coverage both locally and nationally.
He was a member of many originations including Mensa, Rotary, American Ordinance Association, Harvard Club, and Metropolitan Association of Railroad Superintendents. Rodney was also a member of the Tri-State Weimaraner Rescue of NJ, DE, and PA. Rodney and Karl have had Weimaraner’s for over 30 years getting their first puppy in 1976 and many more rescued Weimaraner’s have followed.
Rodney is predeceased by his parents Fredrick Besancon Fisk and Margaret Barthel Fisk. He is survived by his loving partner of 45 years, Karl Lessig, three nieces, and his beloved dog Sara who is now in the loving care of his partner.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather Hodge Funeral Home.