William Fiske, co-creator and sustainer of Vermont's oldest
alternative community, Quarry Hill Creative Center in Rochester, Vermont, was a polymath-- a genius who was self-educated and talented in a variety of disciplines. He earned a Masters' in Computer Science from the University of Vermont; later another in History from UVM, and was on his way to a Ph.D in History at the time of his death. He was a prodigious and stunningly talented classical musician who could play many instruments, but was best known for his beautiful flute and recorder playing. He was a mathematician, a writer known for his careful and vivid choice of words, and a businessman who created several medical software businesses that employed a number of people.
He also was the originator of the DVD magazine-- the first, so far as I know, to create an audiovisual magazine, Digitas, published on DVD/CD-ROM, and which contained work by Jim Jarmusch, Kim Deitch, and other people who were either well-known or soon would become so (mid-1990s).
He was a minister in the Universal Life Church, in which he performed several marriage ceremonies.
William was the proud father of Jason and Eva Us-- a computer programmer and a graphic designer-- and the grandfather of Isaiah Simon and Amir Malik. Stefani Us, the mother of Jason and Eva, is presently the caretaker of William's ashes, until they can be scattered at Quarry Hill.
He was my brother, and was married in 1992 to Anne Fitzgerald, from whom he was subsequently divorced.
-- Isabella Fiske McFarlin (Ladybelle)
He is survived by his children, grandchildren, cousins, ex-wife, mother of his children, his mother, and myself.
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