Thomas Rayfield Fisher, 33, a specialist in community programs and centers for the retarded and the handicapped and a consultant in independent living for such groups, died in the Jan. 13 Air Florida jetliner crash near National Airport.
D.C. police said his body was identified on Monday.
Mr. Fisher, who lived in Clarksburg, Md., was a native of Chillicothe, Ohio. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology at Western Michigan University.
He moved to La Plata, Md., in 1975 and joined Charles County Community College in La Plata for two years as an assistant professor of psychology. During this time he was also the lead instructor and staff supervisor for the Spring Dell Center in La Plata. From 1977 until 1979, he was executive director of the Calvert County Association for Retarded Citizens.
Since 1979, Mr. Fisher had been president of the Program Development Association in Washington, a consulting firm that provides technical assistance to human service programs. Since 1980, he had been chief executive of the Housing Institute in Washington, an agency that procures independent housing for the handicapped. He worked as a consultant for the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, the Special Olympics and the Tri-County Head Start Program in Hughesville, Md.
He was a member of the Maryland Association of Directors of Community Based Programs, the Maryland Council of Executive Directors of Associations of Retarded Citizens, the Council for Exceptional Children in Reston, the Calvert County Mental Health Task Force and the Community Residential Services Coalition of Maryland.
His marriages to the former Marilyn Good and the former Beth Grinnel ended in divorce.
Survivors include his parents, John and Jeannette Fisher, and his sister, Carol, all of Kalamazoo, and two brothers, John Jr., of Tucson, Ariz., and Larry, of Kalamazoo, Mich.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Thomas Fisher Memorial Fund of the Special Olympics, 1701 K St. NW, Washington, 20006.