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OBITUARY

Keith Manning Miser

March 9, 1941October 28, 2019

Keith M. Miser, age 78, passed away on Monday, October 28, 2019, in Bloomington, IN. A Celebration of Life will take place Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Indiana University Memorial Union, Presidents’ Room, University Club.

Born in Waterloo, IN, Keith was the first child of Mural and Carlton Miser, followed by two younger brothers, Kent and Kevin, both of whom preceded him in death. Encouraged by his high school band director, he attended Indiana University, Bloomington, eventually leaving IU with a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling, and a doctoral degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

He taught 7-12 science three years at Wanatah High School in northwestern Indiana, and in 1971 began a career in Higher Education and Student Affairs that spanned more than 40 years. Keith mentored hundreds of students in the course of his long career as a Dean of Students, Vice President for Student affairs, and Associate Professor within three universities--University of Vermont, Colorado State University, and University of Hawaii at Hilo. In addition, he helped reorganize, along with several colleagues, the country of Belize’s tertiary educational system, an effort which ended in the founding of a new University of Belize and a pathway to higher education for numerous Belizean students and faculty.

In 1972 Keith married Ann Buchanan from Greenwood, IN, and in the process inherited seven in-laws, 13 nieces and nephews, and six adorable great nieces and nephews, all Buchanans of some sort or other. They all miss him dearly.

Keith loved equally music, art, gardening, traveling, and reading. His love of music and art was stimulated by Indiana University where he played in the Marching Hundred and the Symphonic Orchestra and founded a jazz band called “The Sauerkrauts.” His gardens bloomed large and robust; his traveling took him to Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, Canada, Puerto Rico, and across the U.S. He and Ann joined the Bloomington Worldwide Friendship group and hosted many international students over several years. They both volunteered at the Teachers Warehouse, a project of the Bloomington Rotary, where he met many new friends and dived into several other volunteer projects. Keith treasured his time with them all.

Across this nation and several countries Keith inspired future leaders, many of whom experienced at least one giant meal at Keith and Ann’s house, wherever they lived. Some even moved in with them. Keith and Ann worked always as a team, loving, feeding, encouraging, scolding, laughing, and crying with their “expanded” family. Keith believed that he had been eternally blessed with the life he lived, surrounded by Ann, his family, and so many students and colleagues. He loved, admired, and respected them all.

In lieu of flowers, you may honor Keith’s memory with a donation to some organization you value that helps students flourish and become leaders of the world.

Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.DayDeremiahFrye.com

Services

  • Celebrration of Life Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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Larry Wheeler

November 18, 2019

I am saddened to hear of Keith's passing. I attended Waterloo
High School with him and shared his interest in amateur radio.
I attended my first amateur radio club meeting at Keith's home
in 1959.

His parents were loving people who always had time for their
friends of which they had hundreds. I remember the day that
his father told me that they were moving to New Mexico for
health reasons. Keith's brother, Kent was a dear friend of mine
all 12 years that we spent together in Waterloo.

I was looking for Keith's address when I found this obituary. I had
hoped to visit with him this autumn.

My condolences to all who loved him. He will be missed.

Larry Wheeler
Spencerville. IN

Andrea West

November 15, 2019

Dr. Keith Miser changed the trajectory of my life. I was in Belize, young, lost, and a bit worried about what the future held for me when I was blessed with an opportunity to meet him. Like Dr. Miser, I believed in the power of higher education to transform lives and break the cycle of poverty, and I had always dreamed of going to college. Keith Miser was the first person to tell me that I could. He believed in me and offered me unconditional support from application to graduation from Colorado State University (CSU).
Putting students first came naturally to Dr. Keith Miser. He knew the challenges I was likely to face as a young, Black, female, first-generation, international, college student from a developing country. The odds were against me, but having Dr. Miser and his wife, Dr. Ann B. Miser, on my side stacked the deck in my favor. Instead of waiting to help me overcome challenges, Dr. Miser set out to prevent me from having to face them in the first place. Dr. Keith Miser and Dr. Ann B. Miser were my surrogate parents, counselors, advisers, and friends.
After college, I continued to turn to the Misers for guidance and support when I decided to return to graduate school and when I subsequently started my own career in student affairs.
Dr. Miser’s untiring commitment to higher education, students, and Belize has informed my work and fueled my passion for helping students access and be successful during their stay at college.
I sincerely believe that having Dr. Miser in my life has been one of my greatest blessings. I regret not reminding him of that more often.
Rest in peace, Dr. Keith Miser. Dr. Ann B. Miser, please know that you are greatly loved and are in my thoughts and prayers.
Andrea West


Yashin Dujon

November 12, 2019

Dr Miser always insisted that I call him Keith, yet for the years that I studied at CSU, he was always Dr Miser to me.

In my mind at the time, how could a young freshman ever think to be referring to an accomplished VP at the University on a first name basis? But anybody who has ever really gotten to know Dr Keith Miser knows that he was anything but conventional!

Whenever I thought that I had done something terribly wrong and was going to get myself in trouble, his advice would always begin with, “That’s not how a Hoosier would have done it.” Usually followed by “Hoosiers are tough” and “Hoosiers don’t cry!” (I still don’t know if any of this is true?) as it was all said with that mischievous smile of his, followed by what was always ultimately some very sound advice.

And seemingly, Dr Miser would always end his advice with the argument of me not calling him by his first name and reminding me that he was not my lecturer, mentor, advisor…. he was my FRIEND.
And If that didn’t work, he would then jokingly threaten to “Dig up some Dirt” on my collegiate behaviour to force me to call him Keith.

Recently as the CSU Alumni gathered at the Bullfrog Hotel in Belmopan, (which we concluded is where most of us were recruited), amid the veil of sadness, we all could not help but reminisce on the wonderful opportunities, memories, laughter and encouragement that Keith gave to all of us.

The Misers opened their home and hearts to so many of us, and no matter how far you had drifted and how long you were away we always felt like family and it always felt like home.

Ann, thank you both for putting up with us! Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

Love Yash

Kathleen Manning

November 12, 2019

I heard of Keith Miser before I ever met him. He was a giant in the New England student affairs field when I was a young professional in Boston. When I attended Indiana University, everyone seemed to know Keith and admired his influence on the field. I remember Don Hossler of IU saying that Keith was a "progenitor of student affairs graduate programs." Having taught in the University of Vermont Higher Education and Student Affairs program for 25 years, I recognized his influence and impact on that graduate program as well as at Colorado State. Our field will miss Keith and we thank him for everything he did over the years to advance student affairs.

Nicolas Dujon

November 11, 2019

I give thanks each day for the life of Dr. Miser who took my son Yashin as a freshman at the tender age of 16 and nurtured him to manhood during his four years at Colorado State.
Doctor you were a champion.
To his wife Ann my heart felt condolences at this difficult time. Know though that your husband was loved and respected by all those whom he touched here in Belize.
Walk good
Nic Dujon

Greg Roberts

November 10, 2019

We have loss a GIANT in our profession and a mentor to many. Keith and Ann always had an open door to all and made me feel welcomed, even in Hilo and the volcanos. Thank you Keith Miser!

Alan Sickbert

November 8, 2019

I met Keith when I was an 18 year old first year student at IU. I was at the end of my first year at IU and was finishing a questionable academic year. I decided to change majors and Keith was my new advisor. I met him right before the end of the semester and he gave me enough encouragement that I came back for another year. The next year Keith helped me find confidence, courage and the persistence to succeed as a college student. My personal relationship with Keith changed my life in so many ways. Without him, I am not sure I would have made it through college and graduated.
Later through Keith’s guidance I ended up in the grad program at Vermont and Keith was my academic advisor again. His influence and guidance helped me to enter the student affairs profession and his help and mentoring were constant throughout my entire career.
He has meant the world to me as a friend and mentor. Without him I am not sure how life would have been turned out.
I will miss him.

Myra Powers

November 8, 2019

Keith was a beloved friend and colleague at Colorado State University. He always took the high road---with student interests at the forefront of all thoughts and actions. He was a kind and gentle soul with a great sense of humor.
My thoughts and memories are with Ann and all of Keith's extended family and friends.
Myra

Frances Lucas

November 8, 2019

Keith was such a ROCK STAR in our National Vice President's group. He gave wise advice and positive support during my 8 years of membership when I was the Senior VP of Campus Life at Emory University.

We had some grand times on those trips! Ann was always one of the first to hop and join us in our silly congo dancing lines. Both were wonderful, attentive conversationalists.

Ann, we love you and are holding you in our hearts as Keith ascends to the heavenly gates, where he has been met by other NVP Saints such as ...Peggy, Bud, Bill, Paul and others.

Pio Saqui

November 7, 2019

In November 1993 my life changed forever when I met Keith and Ann deep in the jungles of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize. It was a walk on the River Overlook Trial where our friendship came to be. Since then I have been blessed with two fathers and two mothers in everyway.

Keith took care of me in everyway throughout my adult life. He was my mentor, my advote and truly my strength. I laughed so hard with him and cried so hard with him. We drove many miles together both literally and figuratively. He was there for all my graduations, he was there for my wedding, he was there for each of my sons birth. He always had time for me. Saturday breakfast was always enjoyable conversations filled with many life long lessons. I will never forget those amazing pies he made.

Keith was humble kind and very funny. He never made me feel as though there was a problem we could not fix. He always said "Pio come on! We are guys we can fix anything!." And we usually did. I will miss him for the rest of my days. I know i am not alone. Ann you are so strong and I happy to have shared our best gardening days together. Love always and I miss you both.

FROM THE FAMILY