Our Founders

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In 1995, philanthropists Zachary Fisher and David Rockefeller joined forces to build the Fisher Center laboratory at The Rockefeller University. The two men raised $5 million each to begin construction on what would become one of the largest and best-equipped scientific facilities for Alzheimer's research in the country.

Zachary Fisher (September 26, 1910 - June 4, 1999) established the Center after his wife Elizabeth was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher

He was quoted at that time, as saying “"I know that an answer will not be found in time to help my beloved Elizabeth, but I want to do what I can to find a cure so that others will not have to suffer through the ravages of this disease as my wife and I have had to."

A noted philanthropist, Zachary Fisher not only helped start the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, but these sister charities as well:

  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum:
    Features aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the destroyer USS Edson, submarine USS Growler and over 25 aircraft.
  • Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund:
    The Fund has provided close to $60 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. The Fund has an A+ rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy
  • Fisher House Foundation:
    Provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.
  • Click here for more information on Mr. Fisher.