U. S. Army
Steve Fischer was born in 1942 in Philadelphia, where he also attended and graduated from Drexel University in 1964 with a B.S. in Commerce. After attending graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned an M.S.E. in Computers and Information Science in 1966, he joined the U.S. Army and attended Engineer Officer Basic Training in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he was assigned to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he functioned as an Operations Officer and Assistant Director of the Academic Computer Center, eventually being promoted to the rank of Captain and being awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
At West Point Steve oversaw the day to day operations of the Academy’s computer center, was responsible for procurement of a new multi-million dollar academic computer system and co-developed its multi-user time-sharing system (something like the cloud, today). He also created many other technical innovations while he taught classes in computer programming to cadets, acted in an advisory role, and was Survivor Assistance Officer, responsible for the sacred and somber task of notifying and providing assistance to next of kin when a soldier was killed in action.
After West Point, Steve returned to Philadelphia to be near his extended family, and began a full career in finance and technology, for Honeywell, MAACO Enterprises, Triumphe Financial Services, Merck Pharmaceuticals and founded the Castle Consulting Group, a software, computer and database design firm.
In 2004 at the urging of his two children and their families, Steve moved to Stamford—his daughter Jennifer in Westport, and his son Brett in Scarsdale, where he has continued Castle Consulting and has become an integral part of our community. He’s served the Stamford Senior Center as a computer consultant, a member of the Board of Directors and its Treasurer, the Economic Development Commission (Vice Chair), the Urban Redevelopment Commission (Vice Chair), the Old Town Hall Redevelopment Agency and the Senior Men’s Association (Board member and communication director), to name a few. He’s also served as Commander of the Stamford Veterans Council and the Jewish War Veterans, a volunteer for Toys for Tots, and served in various capacities with COTY. He’s also a collaborative partner with the Stamford Veterans Park Partnership and a member of the American Legion.
Steve lives in Stamford with his wife Arlene (of 57 years) and near his 6 grandkids, courtesy of Jennifer and Brett