Barbara K. Rimer: Crisco will be missed

May 16, 2014 

I was so saddened to hear of Keith Crisco’s passing. Crisco’s extensive community involvement included serving as an advisory council member for UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health from 1999 to 2011; he was also serving a term that began in July. He was an early supporter of our executive Doctor of Public Health online program. He also helped us connect with potential partners for several areas of the school.

Crisco was funny, astute, kind, wise, willing to help faculty members, participate on panels and serve as a sounding board for several of us. He helped us connect with other organizations whose goals were complementary to ours.

I will never forget our visit to Asheboro Elastics. Crisco’s enthusiasm enthralled us as we learned about the production process, and then he proudly pointed out the sights in Asheboro. That visit and my other interactions with him showed Crisco as a remarkably down-to-earth man who could talk with anyone, speak knowledgeably about a huge range of topics and never forgot his roots. We’re going to miss him!

Barbara K. Rimer

Dean, Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill

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