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A. Kay Keiser, Sc.D., M.P.H.

February 26, 1931 - April 6, 2005



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Picture credits: Michelle Mann; SCSU Southernmag; Marian Keiser

Scholarship Criteria



Scholarship Donors


A bequest from Dr. A. Kay Keiser continues her long-held commitment to Southern and its students. Southern Magazine, Fall 2006, "Supporting Southern"

As of 12/28/2005, $845.00 have been received for this scholarship. The proceeds from the Dr. A. Kay Keiser/Public Health Alumni Chapter have been awarded to Poetess Cooper. Future scholarships will be awarded from the generous scholarship bequest from Dr. Keiser herself. What a wonderful woman she continues to be in all the lives she has touched and will continue to.
1/16/2006 Thanks to the following people for sending in a donation towards the Dr. Keiser Scholarship:
  • Ranell Brew
  • Patricia Burns
  • Ruth Clemens
  • Patricia Corless
  • Shirley Eaton
  • Linda Greengas
  • Annette Hird
  • Amy Huie-Li
  • Betty C. Jung
  • Josephy Mackay
  • Maria Metcalf
  • Mary Nescott
  • Sadiann Ozment
  • Joann Petrini
  • Janice Plocha
  • Lisa Scalise
  • Karen Scialabba


Dr. A. Kay Keiser/Public Health Alumni Chapter Endowed Scholarship Recipients (N = 1)


RECIPIENT YEAR AWARDED
Poetress Cooper
2006

Dr. A. Kay Keiser Award Recipients (N = 2)


RECIPIENT YEAR AWARDED
Kaylan Adams
2012
Sue Barrows
2012


Brief Biography


Education

  • Sc.D. Health Sciences Administration & Health Economics. 1969
    Harvard University, School of Public Health, Boston, MA.
  • M.P.H. Hospital Administration. 1962
    Yale University, School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, New Haven, CT.
  • B.S. Business Administration & Philosophy. 1960
    Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.

Honors

  • 1999. Senior Fulbright Scholar Fellowship
  • Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges
  • Who's Who in the East

Professional Experience

  • TEACHING
    • 1988 - 2005. Professor of Public Health.
      Southern Connecticut State University. New Haven, CT.
    • 1984 - 1988. Lecturer.
      Yale University, School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. New Haven, CT.
    • 1974 - 1984. Associate Clinical Professor.
      Yale University, School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. New Haven, CT.
  • HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
    • 1971 - 1985. President & Chief Executive Officer.
      Health Dynamics Inc. New Haven, CT.
    • 1985 - 1986. Interim Chief Executive Officer.
      Westport/Weston Health District. Westport, CT.
    • 1968 - 1971. Coordinator, Medical Care Planning.
      Harvard Community Health Plan. Boston, MA.
    • 1967 - 1968. Associate Director & Research Coordinator.
      Office of Ambulatory Research & Teaching
      Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Boston, MA.
  • RELATED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
    • American University Program in Health Services Administration, WASH, DC
      Member of Legislative and Educational Task Forces
    • Amethyst Recovery, Inc
      Vice President, Board of Directors
    • Gaylord Hospital, Wallingford, CT
      Board of Directors
    • Michael Reese Medical Center, Chicago, IL
      Marketing Analysis
    • Office of Prepaid Health Plans, Rockville, MD
      Research & Technical Assistance
    • Public Health Committee, Connecticut General Assembly, Hartford, CT
      Quantitative & Policy Analysis
    • Region I, Department of Health & Human Serices, Boston, MA
      Research & Evaluation of health services for children and the elderly
    • The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
      Editorial Board
    • U.S.Department of Health & Human Services, National Center for Health Services Research
      Member of Technical Consultant Panel
  • PUBLICATIONS
    • "Orchestrating the Reorganization of An HMO Under the Federal Bankruptcy Law." Chapter in Cases in Health Care Financial Management, by Suver, J.D., Kahn, C.N.III, & Clement, J.P. (Editors). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Health Administration Press. July 1984.
    • Teaching and research in medical care: summary of general discussion. American Journal of Public Health & the Nation's Health. 59 (1):Suppl:72-3, 1969 Jan

    Many thanks to SCSU's Department of Public Health secretary, Michelle Mann for providing Dr. Keiser's resume and excerpts from department documents. And, I searched PubMed for publications.


May 12, 2005 Memorial Service


The Announcement

The Service Progrm

5/12/2005 - I would like to thank all the people who attended the Memorial Service for Dr. Keiser. It was a lovely event, orchestrated by Dr. William G. Faraclas, Department of Public Health Chair, and well-organized by Ms. Michelle Mann. It was the perfect tribute for an extraordinary professor. When I get a copy of the program, I will post it here. But meanwhile, I would like to acknowledge all who attended (if I left someone out, please let me know. I am going by the attendance sheet...)

Family

  • Sister Antoinette Keiser
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dallabridia (Dot Keiser)

Faculty & Staff

  • Dr. William G. Faraclas, Chair
  • Ms. Michelle Mann, Department Secretary
  • Dr. Jean Breny Bontempi
  • Dr. Sandy Bulmer
  • Professor Deborah Flynn
  • Dr. Peggy Gallup
  • Dr. Gary GesMonde
  • Ms. Debbie Hendrick, University Assistant
  • Ms. Michelle Mann, Department Secretary
  • Dr. John Nwangwu
  • Dr. Carol Parks Bani (what a lovely voice!)
  • Dr. David Pearson
  • Dr. Michael Perlin
  • Dr. Moses Stambler
  • Dr. William Stohler
  • Professor Michele Vancour
  • School Registrar

Alumni

  • John E. Ackerman, MBA, '68
  • Kristen Amodio, BS, '02
  • Rhonda Capuano, MPH, '99
  • Erica Garcia, MPH, '00
  • Betty C. Jung, MPH, '93
  • Linda Bergonzi King, MPH '90
  • Lyn Koski
  • Mary Nescott, MPH, '93
  • Hilary Norcia, MPH, '00
  • Karlene O'Connor, MPH, '95
  • Rita Paradis, MPH, '93
  • Anna-Leila Williams, MPH

Students

  • Ebriman Jobe

An anonymous thought shared: "I did not know Kay personally. But I came to know her through her students. From their descriptions I could tell she was a woman of quality and integrity!"


Condolences


From the 5/12/2005 Memorial Service...
Just wanted to let you know that your tribute to Dr. Keiser is wonderful. I just read all the entries about her memorial service, her life, her career, etc. I want to let you know that I was in attendance at her memorial service, but did not sign the sign-in sheet. I was a student of Kay's when she taught at the Yale School of Public Health and she was, by far, one of my favorites.

Thanks for adding her to your website,
Linda (3/7/2006)
Linda Bergonzi King, MPH '90

YALE CENTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS
Yale School of Public Health

Dear Betty,

Thank you for forwarding this e-mail message to me. I am very sad to hear of Dr. Keiser's passing. She was an unforgettable and gifted professor and I am privileged to have been one of her students. Please extend my condolences to her family - they are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kind regards,
Ruth Clemens, MPH '96 (5/10/2005)

Dear Betty,

Thank you for passing on the news of Dr Keiser. She was one of my favorite professors at SCSU and was such an amazing role model. I am saddened to hear of her passing away. If you hear anything about a memorial or scholarship, etc. would you please post the information?

Maria Metcalf (4/11/2005)

Betty: Thanks for forwarding this e-mail message to me. I am so sad to learn of her passing. Dr. Keiser was my most favorite professor at Southern. I learned so much from herÖ

Amy Huie-Li '93 (4/8/2005)

Hi Betty,

Thank you for sharing the information about Dr. Keiser, she will be missed. Please let me know of more information when you find out, I would like to attend the memorial service.

Erica Garcia, MPH (4/8/2005)

I was her student, graduate advisee, employee, and eventually, a colleague, and should I daresay, a friend, of this truly phenomenal woman. In all these roles, I learned that she was as complex as she was brilliant. But, I enjoyed her the most as the consummate public health professor who constantly challenged us to think beyond what we thought we were capable of. She supported me in my quest to do an internship when it wasn't even a requirement, because she immediately saw its value for my professional growth.

She introduced me to the diverse world of Public Health - health policy, health care quality, health services research, and gave me a taste of undergraduate teaching and university administration. She suffered through all the papers I wrote for her classes and being a glutton for punishment, served as second reader for my thesis. I will probably never forget the "Harvard Case Method," "Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking" (my students hear this now), and her insistance that I needed to do a thesis defense because that was part of a graduate education experience. I survived the defense.

And though I didn't see her that often in recent years, when I did, it was always a pleasure because she was still interested in what I was doing, and always had a witty remark to share. She never saw herself as a heroine, but she was one, and it's good to have real life heroes in our lives, regardless of what age we may be. If anyone should have lived forever, she should have been the one....

Betty C. Jung, RN, MPH, CHES '93 (4/8/2005)

Hi:

Although I would like to attend, I'm living just outside of Key West now. Dr. Keiser will predominately remain in my memories of the MPH program. She expected nothing but the best out of her students and let you know if she didn't get it. I'll light a candle for her in St. Mary's by the Sea in Key West.

THANKS AGAIN
Dave Nobili MPH, '96

HI Betty - I'm so sorry to hear this. Do you know how I can get contact information for her family? Dr. Keiser did a lot for me and I'd like to let them know. -Joann

Joann Petrini, PhD, MPH (4/8/2005)


Obituary & Notices


Dr. A. Kay Keiser, Professor Emerita of Public Health, passed away at her home in Branford, April 6, 2005. Kay was born in Kulpmont,PA.on February 26, 1931, a daughter of Anthony and Mary Chesney Keiser. She received her MPH from Yale University and an ScD from Harvard University. Dr. Keiserwas a Professor of Public Health at Yale University and most recently at Southern Ct. State University. Kay assumed her position at Southern Connecticut State University in 1989 after teaching at Yale University's Department of Epidemiology for 10 years. In 1999 she was awarded a Senior Fulbright Scholar Fellowship, researching the health care delivery system in Trinidad and Tobago. Since her retirement four years ago, Dr. Keiser had continued to teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Public Health as a faculty adjunct. Kay is survived by sisters Marian Keiser (Sister Antoinette) of San Antonio, TX., Dorothy Dallabridia of Wilmington,Del.,and Barbara Keiser of Stuartstown, PA.

From: Yale - EPH Today. Spring, 2005.
http://publichealth.yale.edu/alumni/pdf/TodaySpring05.pdf

5/18/2005 - Over the summer I will set up a meeting with the SCSU Foundation to do the paperwork for setting up an endowed scholarship in Dr. Keiser's memory. Meanwhile, you can send your tax-deductible donations for the scholarship to the SCSU Department of Public Health. It will be nice to have substantial base when I go for the meeting as we will need to raise $10K in two years, or the monies will go to a general scholarship fund. Remember what a great professor she was, and how much you have learned from her. Let's keep the scholarship in her name!!!

Here's the info once again: Memorial donations may be made to the "Southern Foundation" and sent to:
SCSU-Department of Public Health
144 Farnham Ave.
New Haven, CT 06515
Attention: Ms. Michelle Mann

Please note on the check (memo section): Dr. Keiser's Scholarship Fund. Please write on a piece of paper how you would like to be listed, the year you graduated, and degree earned. I will be posting the names of donors, by year on this page, once the scholarship has been formally set up. Thanks, Betty

Michelle Mann (if you have questions):
tel: 203-392-6951
fax: 203-392-6965

Entries for 2005-05-12
Time: NA | Subject: Reading day
Category: Academic Calendar
Time: 2:30pm - NA | Subject: Memorial Service for Dr. A. Kay Keiser
Category: General

During her long career as a faculty member in the Department of Public Health, Dr. A. Kay Keiser touched the lives of countless students and colleagues. Please join with us in the Faculty Dining Room, Connecticut Hall, for a memorial service to celebrate her life and to acknowledge her contributions to the profession, university and department.

A scholarship fund is being established in Dr. Keiserís name. Memorial donations may be made to the Southern Foundation and sent to SCSU-Department of Public Health, 144 Farnham Ave., New Haven, CT 06515.
Southern Connecticut State University - About SCSU (5/12/2005)

5/2/05 News: During her long career as a faculty member in the Department of Public Health, Dr. A. Kay Keiser touched the lives of countless students and colleagues. Please join with us on Thursday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room at Connecticut Hall for a memorial service to celebrate her life and to acknowledge her contributions to the profession, University and Department.

A scholarship fund is being established in Dr. Keiserís name. Memorial donations may be made to the "Southern Foundation" and sent to:
SCSU-Department of Public Health
144 Farnham Ave.
New Haven, CT 06515
Attention: Ms. Michelle Mann

Please note on the check (memo section): Dr. Keiser's Scholarship Fund. Please write on a piece of paper how you would like to be listed, the year you graduated, and degree earned. I will be posting the names of donors, by year on this page, once the scholarship has been formally set up. Thanks, Betty

Michelle Mann
tel: 203-392-6951
fax: 203-392-6965

4/27/05 News: "We have made arrangements to have a memorial service for Dr. K. here, at Southern CT State University, on May 12 at 2 pm. Her sister will be flying in. It will be held in the faculty dining room at the University Student Center."

Please feel free to share memories, photos, etc. you have of Dr. Keiser. I will post them. E-mail them to me . Thanks for your patience

Kay Keiser
February 26, 1931 - April 06, 2005
Birthplace: Kulpmont, PA
Resided In: Branford CT USA
Visitation: None

At her home in Branford, April 6, 2005, Kay Kaiser of Stonegate Circle,Branford. Sister of Marian Keiser (Sister Antoinette) of San Antonio, TX., Dorothy Dallabridia of Wilmington,Del.,and Barbara Kaiser of Stuartstown,PA. Kay was born in Kulpmont,PA.on February 26, 1931, a daughter of Anthony and Mary Chesney Keiser. She received her PHD from Yale University and was a Professor of Public Health at Yale University and most recently at Southern Ct. State University.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 at Holy Angels Church in Kulpmont, Penn. Burial will be in St. Casimir Cemetery in Kulpmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, 460 St. Bernardine St. Reading,PA. 19607.

W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, Branford, CT & New Haven Register's Death Notice (4/10/2005)

Dr. A. Kay Keiser, Professor Emerita of Public Health, ... came to Southern in 1989 after teaching at Yale University's Department of Epidemiology for 10 years. In 1999 she was awarded a Senior Fulbright Scholar Fellowship, researching the health care delivery system in Trinidad and Tobago. Since her retirement four years ago, Dr. Keiser had continued to teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Public Health as a faculty adjunct.

Southern Connecticut State University (4/8/2005)



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