Celestine Harris Fisher, 71, a former teacher and federal government employe who was active in civic and community work, died Tuesday at Walter Reed Army Hospital after a heart attack.

In 1952, she helped organize and then was first president of the Women's Auxiliary of Freedmen's Hospital, now the Women's Auxiliary of Howard University Hospital. It was established to bring together the activities of numerous volunteer organizations. She was active in the Auxiliary until her death.

Mrs. Fisher also had been chairman on legislation of the National Association of Colored Women. She was active in the NAACP.

She was a past president of the Young Women's League and had served on the boards of the Iona Whipper Home and the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA. She was active in the Shiloh Baptist Church.

Mrs. Fisher was born in Washington. She was a graduate of Dunbar High School and in 1930 of the old Miner Normal School. She took graduate work at Howard University.

After teaching for two years in Caroline County, Md., she returned to Washington where she was a substitute teacher in public elementary schools. Later she taught adult literary classes in the public schools.

Mrs. Fisher had worked for the Census Bureau before World War II, when she was with the Navy Department's Bureau of Ships. She then worked for the U.S. Public Health Service until retiring in the late 1960s.

She is survived by her husband, Oden H. Fisher, of the home in Washington; a stepdaughter, Lonise Fisher Robinson, of Washington, and eight stepgrandchildren. CAPTION: Picture, CELESTINE HARRIS FISHER, 1965 Photo