Roger Fisher '39 (1988)
Born in Winnetka, Roger graduated from The North Shore Country Day School in 1939. He earned a B.A. degree from Harvard College, served for four years in the United States Air Force and, in 1948, graduated from Harvard Law School where he was Editor of the Law Review. Returning from an administrative post in Paris, he joined the law firm of Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C., working primarily on issues of public international law for foreign governments. In the late '50s he became a lecturer at Harvard Law School, soon to become a Professor of Law.
Some diversions from his continuing Harvard experience include serving as a consultant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, being appointed a visiting Professor in International Relations to the London School of Economics, originating and editing The Advocates series on public television, and co-originating and editing Dear Israelis; Dear Arabs, a series also on public television. Since 1976 he has been the Samuel Williston Professor at Harvard Law School.
He assisted in the negotiations for the release of the hostages held in Iran. In 1981 he received the Szilard Peace Prize. Since 1980 he has directed the prestigious Harvard Negotiation Project. Among many publications, he has co-authored, with William Ury, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In which has sold almost a million copies and has been translated into seventeen languages.
Roger Fisher, your School honors you with the Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition and pays tribute to the truly global impact you have had in helping us strive for a more civilized dialogue.
Presented June 10, 1988
Mary Pick Hines ' 49, President, Alumni Association
The North Shore Country Day School