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Aaron Max Fish
(1932 – 2020)

Concordia mourns renowned innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist

By Samia Aladas, BFA 96
and Joanne Latimer, MFA 94

Aaron Max Fish — inventor of the push-button lock design, and a dedicated Concordia community member — passed away on October 1, 2020. He was 88. 

A 2016 honorary degree recipient from Concordia, Fish was recognized as an innovator, a global authority in the field of lock design, and a long-time supporter of the university’s next generation of engineers.

“Our community is saddened by the passing of Aaron Fish, who was a friend of Concordia and higher education,” says Paul Chesser, BA 94, GrDip 97, vice-president of Advancement. “Aaron’s generosity helped students pursue their studies and reach their goals.”

In 1999, Fish established and donated funds to the Aaron M. Fish Scholarship of Excellence in Mechanical Engineering. He had a keen interest in meeting his scholarship recipients and in recent years invited mechanical engineering students to tour the Aaron M. Fish Lock Museum and his Capitol Industries Ltd. factory.

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