Penn Medicine Office of Planned Giving

Stanton P. Fischer, M’56

Stanton P. FischerStanton P. Fischer, M.D., Medical Class of 1956, had great respect for the School of Medicine long before he ever set foot on campus. His father, an ophthalmologist, took a graduate course at the School of Medicine and came away deeply impressed with Penn’s method of teaching. Dr. Fischer recalls that his father admired Penn’s focus on “learning how to think for yourself and not memorizing arbitrary facts.” Dr. Fischer knew he wanted to attend the school his father raved about, and after enrolling in 1952, discovered the same enriching, mind-expanding environment. 

Dr. Fischer, along with his wife of 55 years, Marie, recently transformed his respect and gratitude into a bequest to the School of Medicine. A bequest is a gift of cash or property made through a will or living trust, or by a simple amendment to an already existing will or trust. Charitable bequests are generally deductible for estate tax purposes.

Dr. Fischer began his practice as a general internist at the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston. At 77, he still practices there three days a week. Over the years, his giving has been directed largely toward scholarship aid. As a class agent for the Class of 1956, he has been drumming up support among his fellow classmates, encouraging them to establish planned gifts or scholarships. “We believe we can help these students through these gifts,” he says. “When they are able, they will give — it is a self-perpetuating cause.”

Penn Medicine
Office of Planned Giving
Christine S. Ewan, J.D.
Executive Director, Planned Giving
3535 Market Street, Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309
215-898-9486 | Fax: 215-573-2186


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