Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor, Oregon State University, 1960. Postgraduate, Vienna Technology University, Austria, 1961. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1963.
Member technical staff Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., Indianapolis, 1961-1968. Director Research and Development ITT/Telecomm., Corinth, Mississippi, 1968-1970. Director Original Equipment Manufacturer department, progressive manager SYCOR, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1970-1971.
Assistant vice president national systems Western Union Corporation, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 1971-1973. Vice president corporation development Data Technology Corporation, Santa Ana, California, 1973-1975. Senior vice president, chief scientist Warner Cable Communications, Incorporated, New York York, and Columbus, Ohio, 1975-1982.
President James Fischer Associates, Inc., Ohio, Virginia and Illinois, since 1982. Director systems engineering & planning JC Penney/Telaction, Schaumburg, Illinois, 1986-1989. Managing consultant Ameritech Information Systems, Chicago, since 1989.
With United States Navy, 1952-1956, Korea. Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Association for Information & Image Management, Society Motion Picture & television Engineers, Society Cable television Engineers, Eta Kappa Nu.
Married Carolyn Patricia Berks, June 23, 1956. Children: Karl J., Karen L. Gibbs, Katharine A. Bradshaw.