Doris Sofie Fischer-Kamel

Areas of Achievement: 
Higher Education
War Survivor

Honored By

Honored by: Friends & Colleagues
Date submitted: October 24, 2006
Gift: Leaf Tile, Medium

Doris Sofie Fischer-Kamel passed away on May 5, 2006, after a valiant battle with an aggressive brain tumor. It is hard believe that a person with such high spirit and sense of humor could have had such a traumatic childhood. She was born in Hagen, Germany, on December 11, 1934. Together with her mother and her little sister, they survived heavy bombing during World War II. They were bombed out several times and trapped in a cellar below a collapsed building. Her mother found an axe and broke through the wall. Doris remembered how fighters strafed her while she was carrying her sister and running to reach a shelter. She became severely ill. At the hospital, Doris was given up for dead and placed in a bathroom to save a hospital bed. She recovered and regained her health.

Doris grew up to love foreign languages and literature. She became an employee of the German Foreign Office and traveled to several countries. It was in London, in 1957, that she met her husband, Hussein, and they were married in Germany in 1964. In 1967, Hussein accepted a position at the University of Arizona and they moved to Tucson.

At the University of Arizona, Doris had the opportunity to further her education and obtained a B.A. degree in oriental studies, with honors, in 1981. She went on and received a master's degree in 1987, for which she researched the history of midwifery in the middle ages. She was a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. Doris spoke six languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Farsi.

We honor Doris for her many accomplishments, both personally and academically. She lived life fully and was an inspiration to all. She enriched the lives of all who knew her through her kindness and laughter. Her family and friends will remember Doris for her strength, optimism, high spirit and love of life.