Gladys Fisher, a former assistant professor in the nursing department for 37 years and a longtime supporter of the Lady Volunteer athletic department, died July 18 at the age of 82.
In proof of her lifelong passion for tennis, Fisher gave private lessons and was an instructor in UT's non-credit tennis program. The five-time Knoxville city singles tennis champion, who was inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, guided many young girls and women to achieve their athletics dreams.
At the top of her list of prized pupils is Candy Reynolds, who started taking lessons from Fisher at the age of 10. Reynolds' career includes the 1983 French Open doubles title, a semifinal appearance at Wimbledon and the No. 2 world singles ranking.
Fisher, who most enjoyed attending all women's athletics but was also a fan of UT football, grew up in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area and originally moved to Knoxville to pursue a master's in business.
A memorial service will likely be scheduled in Knoxville sometime in August. Fisher's body has been cremated and the ashes will be buried next to her mother in Florida.
Instead of flowers, donations to a humane society have been requested.