Eric Wil­frid Fleisher

FOR­EIGN SER­VICE OF­FI­CER

The Washington Post Sunday - - METRO -

Eric Wil­frid Fleisher, 84, a re­tired For­eign Ser­vice of­fi­cer, died Dec. 19 at Mont­gomery Hospice’s CaseyHouse in Rockville. He lived in Bethesda.

Born in Washington, Mr. Fleisher spent much of his child­hood in Ja­pan, where his fam­ily pub­lished an English-lan­guage news­pa­per. His fa­ther, Wil­frid Fleisher, con­trib­uted col­umns on for­eign af­fairs to TheWash­ing­ton Post from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Sid­well Friends School in the District in 1944, the younger Mr. Fleisher en­listed in the Army and stud­ied the Ja­panese lan­guage at the Uni­ver­sity ofMichi­gan. At the end of World War II, he served as an in­ter­preter and in­ves­ti­ga­tor on the staff of Gen. Dou­glas MacArthur in Ja­pan.

Mr. Fleisher later worked at dis­placed per­sons camps in­Ger­many.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Ge­orge Wash­ing­tonUniver­sity in 1950, he joined the State Depart­ment. He was flu­ent in Ja­panese, Swedish, Nor­we­gian, Fin­nish, Ger­man and French.

He re­ceived a doc­tor­ate in his­tory from LundUniver­sity in Swe­den in 1953 and was the co-author of a book about Swedish ex­plo­ration and over­seas set­tle­ment.

Mr. Fleisher had diplo­matic as­sign­ments in Copen­hagen, Helsinki and Stock­holm. His fi­nal as­sign­ment be­fore re­tir­ing from the For­eign Ser­vice in 1980 was as deputy chief of mis­sion in New Zealand.

Mr. Fleisher was a con­sul­tant for the State Depart­ment from 1980 to 2008, re­view­ing doc­u­ments.

His mar­riage to El­iz­a­beth Fredrik­son Fleisher ended in divorce.

His sec­ond wife, Thale Gun­neng Fleisher, died in 2000 af­ter 25 years of mar­riage.

Sur­vivors in­clude two chil­dren from his first mar­riage, Eric T. Fleisher ofNewYorkCityandEmily Fleisher Beach of Surry, Maine, and Eau Claire, Wis.; a son from his sec­ond mar­riage, Arne Eric­son Fleisher of Rockville; a sis­ter; a brother; two grand­chil­dren; and a great-grand­daugh­ter.

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