Tennessee builder James "Jim" Mitchell Fischer, Jr. , who served as NAHB president in 1987, has died at the age of 89.
Fischer was born in Nashville, Tenn., and returned to his hometown after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Among the diverse pursuits of his entrepreneurial career, Fischer was best known for the impact he made as a home builder in his local community.
He was active in the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee
(HBAMT), and is the only member to have served as HBAMT president three times in three consecutive decades, 1975, 1984 and 1992. Fischer also served as president of the HBA of Tennessee
. Over a career that spanned more than 50 years, Fischer built and sold thousands of homes throughout the middle Tennessee area, according to his obituary
. Inducted into the Building Industry of Tennessee's Hall of Fame in 1994, he remained active at the state and local level well into the new millennium.
"Jim Fischer was a true legend in our industry and led our industry on the local, state and national levels. He was a visionary, and the accomplishments he achieved are truly amazing. More importantly Jim helped so many over the years, and was a friend and mentor to many. He will be missed greatly but will never be forgotten. Jim was class and a gentleman. Always!" said NAHB Tennessee State Representative James Carbine.
A memorial service was held on Dec. 29, 2019.