ROLL OF HONOR – Spring 2015

In Memoriam: Lisa Ann Kaiser ’92

June 26, 1971 – October 22, 2014
Lisa Kaiser with her oldest daughter in 2002. Photo courtesy of Brigitte Codling ’02.

Lisa Kaiser with her oldest daughter in 2002. Photo courtesy of Brigitte Codling ’02.

“Lisa was loved by so very many; she touched the hearts of those she knew and those she helped.”
– Lisa’s longtime friend Brigitte Codling ’02

Lisa Ann Kaiser, 43, of Woodbury, Vermont, passed away surrounded by her family at the Vermont Respite House in Williston following a valiant battle with cancer.

A graduate of Lamoille Union High School, Lisa followed her dream of becoming a nurse, graduating from the nursing program at Vermont College in 1992. Her roommate at the time, Brigitte Codling ’02, remembers how hard Lisa worked to get her degree. “She would be planted at the end of the couch in our apartment with a book in hand while I watched TV,” Codling recalls. “She would sit at home and study while the rest of us went out. It meant so much to her to get that degree and she did it! And she proved to be fantastic nurse—loving, caring, and dedicated to helping people.”

Lisa’s professional career began at Central Vermont Medical Center and spanned more than 20 years. She headed up the I.V. team at CVMC, where she was known for her soft touch with the needle. “Lisa was one of the few nurses I let take my mom’s blood,” a friend posted on Facebook.

Lisa also worked at Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice and was the RN director at Cota’s Hospitality Home in Barre. The manager at Cota’s, Jane White, recalls how devoted Lisa was to her patients. “She was awesome with the residents, very kind, very generous. They just loved her,” White says.

A loving wife and mother, Lisa is fondly remembered by her family for the joy she derived from gardening, spending time outdoors, making crafts of all kinds, and traveling throughout the United States—but most especially for the love she expressed to her family and many friends.

In addition to her parents and a large, extended family, she leaves behind her husband and high school sweetheart, Jeffrey Kaiser, and their two young daughters, Kaitlyn and Madeline.

The World Needs More Nurses Like Lisa!

Lisa Kaiser, RN, worked at two facilities that care for the elderly: Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice and Cota’s Hospitality Home in Barre.

Elizabeth Good Comolli

Elizabeth Good Comolli

As our population ages, there continues to be a critical shortage of nurses. Lisa’s family has expressed the wish that gifts in her memory be directed to the Elizabeth Good Comolli Nursing Scholarship Fund at Norwich. This year, more than $111,000 in nursing scholarships was awarded to 12 deserving Norwich students. Without this financial aid, most of these students could not afford their education.

Checks made payable to Norwich University can be addressed to Development Office, Norwich University, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663. Be sure to include the words Comolli Scholarship/I.M.O. Lisa Kaiser on the memo line. For more information, call 802-485-2300.


The following reflect death notifications received by the University through December 31, 2014. Full obituaries, when available, can be accessed online at

1936 Calvin B. Hastings, 99, of Bedford, Mass., October 12, 2014

1941 William D. Lee, 95, of Columbus, Ohio, November 24, 2014

1946 Myers “Luke” McWilliams, 88, of Conyers, Ga., May 1, 2014

1948 Frank Cowan Jr., 85, of Timberlakes, Utah, September 5, 2014

1948 Milton R. Locke, 94, of Belchertown, Mass., November 1, 2014

1949 Spiro C. Manolas,88, of Mount Vernon, Va., December 23, 2014

1952 Paul T. Brady, 84, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, October 21, 2014

1952 (VC) Christie G. Hersey, 82, of Groton, Vt., December 7, 2014

1954 Gordon S. Dockler, 83, of Newport, N.H., November 6, 2014

1955 John J. McCormick, 73, of Tucson, Ariz., May 26, 2007

1956 John “Jack” D. Finan, 81, of Concord, Mass., November 9, 2014

1956 Richard P. Moriarty, 81, of Wells, Maine, December 30, 2014

1957 Albert J. Kondi, 79, of South Royalton, Vt., October 17, 2014

1957 COL Dean J. Campbell, USA (Ret.), 79, of Bradenton, Fla., November 25, 2014

1957 Juri Ilissoo, 80, of Bloomfield, N.Y., December 2, 2014

1958 H. Edward Whitney, of Smithtown, N.Y., September 26, 2014

1959 James T. Trefrey, 79, of Bradenton, Fla., September 15, 2014

1959 John E. Tunney, 78, of Concord, N.H., July 13, 2014

1959 John “Jack” D. Heath, 78, of Thornton, Pa., October 2, 2014

1959 Bruce A. Joseph, 77, of Exton, Pa., October 27, 2014

1960 Robert W. Weinhold, 77, of Baltimore, Md., September 8, 2014

1961 Michael J. Cleary, 75, of Dayton, Ohio, September 10, 2014

1961 E. Robert “Bob” Regan, 76, of Pittsfield, Mass., November 18, 2014

1961 Charles D. Dorr, 74, of Daytona Beach, Fla., December 13, 2014

1966 (VC) Lucia F. Underhill, 68, of Cumming, Ga., July 17, 2014

1967 Edward R. Hamel, 69, of Rockledge, Fla., December 5, 2014

1968 Dale R. Edwards, 67, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., October 6, 2014

1968 George G. Nelson, 68, of Milton, Vt., December 19, 2014

1969 (VC) Patricia A. Purcell, 65, of Worcester Drive, N.Y., September 11, 2014

1972 MAJ John P. Pasternak, USA (Ret.), 63, of Yardley, Pa., April 24, 2014

1973 Philip J. Tanguay, 63, of Orford, N.H., December 11, 2014

1974 Lee S. Harford, 62, of Fayetteville, N.C., March 14, 2014

1982 (VC) Bonnie Greene, 85, of Montpelier, Vt., September 5, 2014

1984 (VC) Elizabeth B. Pendergast, 52, of Hagerstown, Md., November 26, 2014

1986 Kevin R. Riell, 56, of Shelburne, Vt., December 15, 2014

1986 (VC) Albert T. Smith, 76, of Easthampton, Mass., December 18, 2014

1992 (VC) Lisa Thompson Kaiser, 43, of Woodbury, Vt., October 22, 2014

1994 Michael P. Hamelin, 43, of Suwanee, Georgia, December 28, 2014

1999 (VC) Wendall B. Kinney, 79, of Brunswick, Maine, December 17, 2014

2004 Brent L. Warren, 33, of Albuquerque, N.M., October 20, 2014

M2009 (CGCS) Richard G. Higgins, 64, of Santa Fe, N.M., July 29, 2014

2015 Michael W. Dickinson, 22, of Cheshire, Conn., October 12, 2014

M2014 (CGCS) Michael J. Clark, 28, of Weymouth, Mass., October 15, 2014

Charlotte Weismann, 99, of Silver Lake, N.H., widow of Henry C. Weismann ’42, October 7, 2014

Marie A. Pecoraro, 93, of Ipswich, Mass., mother of Joe Pecoraro ’71, September 30, 2014

Frank J. Sposato, 63, of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., friend of the University, July 7, 2014

Mary “Mel” E. Hunt Newby, 95, of Frederick, Md., widow of Gilbert Newby ’42, Nov. 29, 2014

Sandra E. Parent, of Southwick, Mass., wife of James Parent ’58, April 26, 2014

Miriam Gay Sullivan, 77, of Alexandria, Va., wife of General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, August 30, 2014

To inform the University of the passing of a member of the Norwich family, please contact the Alumni Office at (802) 485-2100 or

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