John Fishwick

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John P. Fishwick
Personal details
Born John Palmer Fishwick
(1916-09-29)September 29, 1916
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.
Died August 9, 2010(2010-08-09) (aged 93)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Blair Wiley
Residence Salem, Virginia
Alma mater Roanoke College (B.A.)
Harvard University (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney, Businessperson
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank Lieutenant Commander

John Palmer Fishwick (September 29, 1916 – August 9, 2010) was an American railroad executive and chief executive of Norfolk and Western Railway.[1][2]

Born in Roanoke, Virginia, John was a graduate of Jefferson High School in downtown. He was one of four children, having two sisters and one brother, noted literary scholar and author, Marshall Fishwick. Fishwick attended Roanoke College,[1] where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and served as editor of the College's newspaper. He graduated in 1937 with a major in English and a minor in economics. Fishwick furthered his education at Harvard Law School, graduating in 1940. After completing law school he worked as an associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore before joining the Navy in 1942. Fishwick left the United States Navy as a lieutenant commander.[1] After World War II he joined Norfolk and Western in November 1945 and worked as assistant to the general counsel. In 1947, he was promoted to assistant general solicitor, and in 1951 he was promoted to assistant general counsel. In 1954, he was promoted yet again, this time to general solicitor. He served as general counsel until his promotion to chief executive in 1970.

He served as the chief executive of Norfolk and Western from 1970 to 1981,[3] his leadership was integral in the merger with Southern Railway to create the current Norfolk Southern Railway. After his retirement, he became a partner with Windels Marx Lane and Mittendorf until his retirement in 1986.

Fishwick's wife, Blair, was a fellow Roanoke College graduate and the granddaughter of Judge Henry Blair of Salem, Virginia. Judge Blair was an American Civil War veteran and fought in famed General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Fishwick's son, John Fishwick, Jr., served as U.S. Attorney and is a practicing lawyer in Roanoke.

On July 16, 2018 the Roanoke City School Board announced that Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Roanoke, VA would be renamed John P. Fishwick Middle School. [4]


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