It is with a good deal of personal sadness that I have to report to our readers that Mary Jane Fisher, National Underwriter‘s long-time Washington Correspondent, has decided to retire.
It was over a quarter-century ago that Mary Jane began reporting for NU on insurance activities in the nation’s capital. Since that time, her name has become familiar as a reporter who could be trusted to get the story–and always get it right.
Actually, Mary Jane had been involved in journalism for many years before joining NU. A native of Seattle, she majored in journalism at the University of Washington. Her first job out of college was as a reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
During World War II, Mary Jane served for three years in the Navy as a WAVE officer. After the war she accompanied her husband to Paris, where among other things she became friends with Alice B. Toklas, who also hailed from Seattle.
On returning to the U.S., Mary Jane put aside her career to raise twins. On returning to the workforce, she did freelance public relations until she was hired by the National Symphony as publicity director.