Eric Wilfrid Fleisher
FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER
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.