Christian F. Vissers

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Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home Inc.
4112 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City, MD

VISSERS CHRISTIAN FRANK VISSERS Christian Frank Vissers, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on December 19, 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Born on June 19, 1945, in New York City, Chris graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1967 and also completed training at the US Army Ranger, Airborne, and Armor Officer Schools that year. A combat veteran of Vietnam (1968-69), he served with the 11th Armored Cavalry. He earned his Juris Doctor (with honors) from The George Washington University Law School (1973) and was an honors graduate of the Judge Advocate General's Corps Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. A member of the US JAG Corps, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Supreme Court of Virginia, United States Court of Claims, and the United States Court of Military Appeals. He then served as an Appellate Attorney with the US Department of Justice before joining Baltimore Aircoil Company, retiring as General Counsel after 26 years of service. A long-time member of the Maryland Defense Force, Colonel Vissers was Chief of Staff until stepping down in 2010 due to illness. He volunteered with Pets on Wheels and the Loch Raven Veterans Administration Community Living and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore with his devoted sidekick, Boomer, a yellow Labrador retriever. Chris is survived by his wife of 44 years, Emily; daughters Susan Vissers Lisa (Anthony) of Sudbury, MA and Danielle Vissers Schug (Kevin) of Southlake, TX; son, Christian Frank Vissers, Jr., M.D., of Nashville, TN; and seven precious grandchildren (Theodore, Charlotte, and Ben Lisa; Bennett, Lucas, and Wesley Schug; and Madeline Vissers). His sister, Mary Lee Church, of Easton, MD, also survives. The family will receive friends at the Harry H. Witzke Family Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, MD on Thursday, December 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be held at St. Paul's Parish, 3755 St. Paul Street, Ellicott City, MD on Friday, December 23 at 11 a.m. Interment, at a future date, will be at West Point, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Chris' honor to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Avenues, Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA, 90245; or the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, 401 N. Broadway, Suite 1210, Baltimore, MD, 21231-2410;

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 21, 2011
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