Sally Fish s55, longtime supporter and friend, dies

Sally, John and family at the Chicago 20th Anniversary celebration

Sally Wilson Fish, aged 78, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 16, in her home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago after a five year struggle with cancer. Sally was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on July 22, 1932. After attending Ohio Wesleyan University she married her high school sweetheart, John Hall Fish ’55, founder of Princeton Project 55, and Program Leader and founder of the Public Interest program, in 1954. They lived briefly in Princeton, New Jersey, New York City, and Cass City, Michigan before settling in Chicago in 1963. It was in Chicago where Sally found her vocation in health and nutrition. Sally was an avid reader of books and articles on health and nutrition for over fifty years, clipping articles and references for her extensive files. Even though she had no formal education in nutrition, Sally drew upon her accumulated wisdom to become a counselor to many in matters of health. Sally received numerous testimonies from people she had helped. Sally was known for her outgoing friendliness and genuine interest in other people. This empathy coupled with her constant smile connected her with friends as well as strangers. She will be missed by many. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John Hall Fish; her brother Jack (Diane) Wilson; three children, Wendy (Timothy) Naylor, Jef (Penny) Fish, and Daniel (Jeanie) Fish; and three grandchildren, Bethany, Sierra, and Dana.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 26 at 1 p.m. at University Church, 5655 S. University Avenue, Chicago, 60637. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to University Church, Horizon Hospice, 833 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, 60643, or The Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 West Ann Lurie Place, Chicago 60632.

One thought on “Sally Fish s55, longtime supporter and friend, dies

  1. Kenly Webster

    Those who have known Sally during these many years following our graduation, and especially in the past 21 years since the inception of PP 55, now Princeton AlumniCorps, have felt the warmth of and benefitted from the insights of a wonderful supporter. We now suffer a void, but we also have wonderful memories.


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