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Dean E. Fischer (27 October 1936 – 13 July 2000)[1] was a United States journalist with Time who served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs from 1981 to 1982.


Dean E. Fisher was educated at Monmouth College, graduating with a B.A. in 1958. During his time in college, he played college football for the Monmouth Fighting Scots as a halfback.[2] He was inducted into the Fighting Scots Hall of Fame in 1988.[2] After graduating from Monmouth College in 1958, Fischer spent a year studying at the University of Calcutta, and then attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, receiving an M.A. in 1960.[3]

In 1960, Fischer became a reporter for The Des Moines Register.[3] He worked there until 1964 when he became a correspondent for Time Magazine.[3] He would go on to hold several positions at Time from 1964 to 1999, including becoming news editor of its Washington, D.C. bureau.[3]

President of the United States Ronald Reagan nominated him to be Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. Fischer held this office from August 7, 1981, until August 19, 1982.

After his time at the State Department, Fischer returned to Time Magazine’’.[3]

Survivors include his wife Marina Fischer, two daughters Tara and Tasmin, two step children Lara and Karim.


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  2. ^ a b "Monmouth College - Hall of Fame". Monmouth Scots. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e Ronald Reagan: Nomination of Dean E. Fischer To Be an Assistant Secretary of State, June 4, 1981 Retrieved October 18, 2015
Government offices
Preceded by
William J. Dyess
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
August 7, 1981 – August 19, 1982
Succeeded by
Robert John Hughes