- The Washington Times - Friday, May 26, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Marshall Fishwick, a pioneer in the study of popular culture with a career as a university professor that spanned half a century, died May 22 of complications from a blood disease at his home. He was 82.

Born in Roanoke to English immigrants, Mr. Fishwick began his teaching career at Washington and Lee University in 1949.

He retired from Virginia Tech in 2003. He published hundreds of works, and co-founded the Popular Culture Association in the late 1960s.

Best-selling author Tom Wolfe, a student of Mr. Fishwick’s at Washington and Lee, called Mr. Fishwick the best professor and “most magnetic teacher” he ever had. Mr. Wolfe said he was inspired to get a graduate degree in American studies at Yale University because Mr. Fishwick had done so.

Mr. Fishwick taught at Lincoln University and Temple University before going to Virginia Tech in 1976.

Mr. Fishwick and his first wife had four children. He married his third wife, Tech colleague Ann La Berge, in 1995.

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