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By Kathleen Alexander
East Palo Alto Today
Posted October 12, 2010

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”
                                                                      Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.




Born June 5, 1933    Died: September 30, 2010


Charlesetta Fishman

The Board of Directors and the staff of the Ravenswood Family Health Center regret the sudden passing of our founding board member Charlesetta Fishman on Wednesday, September 30, following a massive stroke.

Charlesetta served on our board for nine years.  She was invited to join the first Interim Board of Directors that convened on January 25, 2000, to help establish the new clinic. She brought to the board an understanding of the struggle and politics of the City of East Palo Alto where she had resided for many years.

More importantly, she was a great advocate for RFHC and for the needs of the community.  Charlesetta retired from the board on September 10, 2009.
In the nine years that Charlesetta served on the board, she was a member of the volunteer Development Committee that has played a strategic role in cultivating awareness and building the support of donors.   In 2007, she chaired our first major event, the 5th Anniversary Gala at the Four Seasons on March 2nd 2007.  




Charlesetta Fishman receives a bouquet of thanks from Ravenswood Family Health Center
CEO Luisa Buada



Charlesetta took her responsibility to represent our patients seriously.  She used to come by the clinic often to cheer us on.  She would stop and talk with patients in the waiting room and say to them, “We’re here to help you however we can.  You can always get in touch with me.”   

She had close knit and extended family and had “adopted” among others Joe Lopez, whom she recruited to serve on our board and Kate Shea, his wife, to serve on the Development Committee.  Says Luisa Buada, Clinic CEO, “Charlesetta was one of my strongest advocates, she gave me her unconditional love and plenty of supportive, positive feedback.  It was comforting to know that she always had my back.”

Her greatest legacy

Charlesetta was a charming woman, humorous, gracious and elegant. It’s not surprising that over the past decades she had cultivated an extensive network of friendships from all walks of life.  She loved her friends and they responded in kind by coming to the support of the organization that she so passionately supported. She was a catalyst and left an enduring legacy in the many friends that have become faithful supporters of RFHCs.
We will miss her.  She blessed our lives.

Charlesetta’s daughters, Juanita Duncan-Bracy and Eve Fishman, have asked that in lieu of flowers, if you wish, make a donation to Ravenswood Family Health Center.


Below is the information about the memorial service in her honor.

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2010

Location: Unity Church in Palo Alto
3391 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
It will begin with a service.


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