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Bishop Fred B. Fisher

Bishop Fred B. Fisher was born in 1882 in the state of Pennsylvania in the U.S.A., into a culture where religion was a predominate influence on everyday life. He was, even as a child, a bookworm; and although his family bad to take a loan to have him educated, he attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, a very 'holy' and puritanical institution, which laid the foundation of a man who was remarkably broad in his views and ranged even into Hindu religion in search of the deepest spiritual values.

Encouraged by the renowned Bishop Thoburn, young Fisher decided during his college days that he would go to India as a missionary. Accordingly he came to Calcutta as a Bishop. There he served in the Thoburn Methodist Church. By this time he was well established as an influential speaker, a determined and self-assured fighter for his beliefs. He was also on intimate terms with Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, two great admired friends by whom he was influenced considerably. A man of intense energy and conviction, he was constantly looking to the future to build the present. The way to the realization of his visions was not always easy, but by sheer determination and faith, he would move mountains. Our school was formerly Queen's Hill School for girls, and the plea for a new site reached Bishop Fisher. The Estate was bought from Lebong Tea Company during a slump in the tea market.

Bishop Fisher also gave our Estate and School its name. After purchasing the Estate and moving the school here, it was called 'Queen's Hill' until one night when some of the missionaries held a prayer meeting with the Bishop around Miss Stahl's fire place. When they rose from their knees after praying, the name, Mount Hermon came to them; and the Estate and School have been known by this name ever since.