Remembering Maxine A. Thurston-Fischer (1939-2014)

By Indiana University Alumni Magazine (Summer 2014)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Maxine A. Thurston-Fischer, BS’60, who dedicated her life to social work, died in Miami on Feb. 23. She was 74.

At the time of her death, Thurston-Fischer served as president and CEO of The Thurston Group, a consulting and management firm for research, program evaluation, and organizational development for human-service agencies. She founded the group in 1986. It took on projects at the local and national level regarding youth violence prevention, youth drug prevention, shelter services, and comprehensive child development. Under her leadership, the company had a major impact in bettering the Miami community.

Thurston-Fischer was also an associate professor at Barry University’s School of Social Work in Miami Shores, Fla., from 1981 through 2008. She continued to serve students completing the doctoral program.

Her career in social work also included serving as executive vice president with the Urban League of Greater Miami and as interim executive director of Miami Bridge, a not-for-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, food, and counseling.