KEITEL, ELIZABETH ANN Elizabeth Ann Keitel died August 1, 2013, at her home in Hamden, CT. Born on October 22, 1948 in Harrisburg, PA, she was the youngest child of George and Bertha Keitel. Elizabeth majored in music at Hood College (B.A., 1970, with honors) and then pursued graduate work at Cornell University, earning her doctorate in Medieval studies in 1976. In 1975, she joined the faculty of Yale University, where she taught in the music department, directed the Collegium musicum and established herself as a leading scholar of the music of Guillaume de Machaut. After leaving Yale in 1982 and receiving a certificate from the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, she launched a new career as a college administrator and development consultant for nonprofits, specializing in corporate/foundation relations and planned giving. She worked at Hood College, the Seamen's Church Institute of New York and New Jersey and Hunter College in New York City. In 1985, she established her own consulting business based in Harrisburg; she relocated it to Hamden upon her marriage to the late Claude Palisca in 1987. She served as a founding member and President of the Planned Giving Group of Connecticut--which established a leadership award in her honor--and also as a board member of the National Committee on Planned Giving. Her beloved husband, Claude, passed away in 2001. Elizabeth is survived by her sister, Martha J. Ruben, of Stockbridge, VT, six nephews and nieces, and an extended family. A woman who cherished her friendships deeply, Elizabeth also leaves behind dozens of devoted friends from all stages of her life's journey. All will treasure their memories of her wit, vivacity, warm hospitality and generous spirit. A public commemoration will be held in Dwight Chapel at Yale University at 2:45 p.m. on October 18, 2013. A private family gathering and the interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, PO Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960. Arrangements are with the Hawley Lincoln Memorial, New Haven.
Published in The New Haven Register on Aug. 27, 2013