Constance Jane Geiger Chichester

Born: Mon., Jun. 8, 1953
Died: Fri., May 5, 2017

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Constance Jane Geiger was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Richard and Geraldine (Kadavy) Geiger in 1953. She died at home on her ranch in Wyoming on May 5th, 2017 from pancreatic cancer. She lost her father when she was a child. Watching a widow with two children deal with the realities of life instilled in her the importance of an education. She obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina, a Master’s degree at Ohio State, and a Ph.D. from Utah State University in Nutrition and Food Science. Constance served as Chairperson of the Division of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Utah from 1986 until 1993. She remained on the faculty at the University as an Adjunct Associate Professor and she also developed and managed her own consulting company, Geiger and Associates. She became known both nationally and internationally for her expertise in food labeling, health communications, and government affairs consulting. Constance won numerous awards during her distinguished career including the prestigious Mary P. Huddleson Award for consumer research on food labeling.
She leaves behind Dan L. Chichester, M.D., her husband of 36 years. She is survived by her sister Janet Abrams (Kevin) in Ohio, niece Chelsey Ulry (Dylan), as well as five very special cousins, two aunts, and one uncle.
Constance was a remarkable woman who was as comfortable wearing a formal evening gown in Monaco as she was backpacking in the mountains. She dined in some of the finest restaurants in the world but she was equally happy cooking over a campfire.
She requested that there be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the University of Utah College of Health, and designate that it be in honor of Constance. There is a scholarship fund in her name for students in the field of nutrition. Contributions can be mailed to Courtney Garay, College of Health, 383 Colorow, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.

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Barbara Lyle
   Posted Tue May 09, 2017
In the nutrition community Connie was more than a colleague, she was friend that we already miss. She was remarkable in her ability to bridge between research and application ... a parallel to her equal delight in dinner at a fancy restaurant and over a campfire.

Dianne Polly
   Posted Tue May 09, 2017
To the family of Constance,
I am saddened to here of the loss of my colleague. I will always remember her genuinely kind spirit and smile. The world has lost a very remarkable and accomplished person.

PAX to her family

George and Marianne Schweers
   Posted Tue May 09, 2017
What a loss for everyone touched by Connie. She was a delight. We so enjoyed her and her expertise. Our deepest sympathies to her family.

George and Marianne Schweers
Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wines
Eagle Ranch
Alamogordo, NM

Angie Vess
   Posted Wed May 10, 2017
I am stunned and deeply saddened. Connie has been an amazing friend since we met in 1972 on the hall in Strong Dorm, at UNC-G. She was always beautiful, kind, thoughtful, and looked out for everybody. We all were awed by her talent, her perseverance, her keen intelligence, her compassion. Through the years, though separated by many miles, our little group from the dorm all tried to keep in touch and get together as often as we could. We most recently met last year in Raleigh to travel together to Bald Head Island (and didn't Connie love the beach!) to help another member of the group unpack from a move. I will treasure those moments even more now. Blessings, love, and comfort to you, Dan, and to the family, and of course, to Red and Molly.

Clare Hasler-Lewis
   Posted Wed May 10, 2017
I am so very shocked to hear of Connie's recent passing. She was such a bright light....always a smile on her face when I saw her at professional meetings. I can still hear her infectious laughter. She will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to her husband and family.

Joan Benson
   Posted Thu May 11, 2017
Connie was a dear lady, a great boss and colleague, and a funny, generous friend who will be much missed.
Rest in Peace.

Roger Clemens
   Posted Thu May 11, 2017
Connie was an amazing person and respected professional. It seems only yesterday that she completed her doctoral studies. I'm broken hearted that she's no longer available for wise consult and friendly chats. I'm only encouraged that she's no longer in discomfort.

Lori Schoenwald
   Posted Thu May 11, 2017
Dan and family,

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

Ed Southwick
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
Dan: I was shoked when I read Connie's obituary today. You have my sympathy. She was a fun woman, and will be missed. Hand in there. Ed Southwick

Sonja L Connor
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
I am heartbroken over Connie's death. She was a wonderful woman and a stellar dietitian! I so enjoyed working with her over the years.

Ann T. Jensen
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
Dan

So very sorry.

Dick and Marilyn Wallin
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
Dan, Marilyn and I fell to our chairs from your loss of Constance. She will be with you forever. Talk to her soul through the vail of tears.

"The body dies. The body is just what the soul possesses or the soul was in. The soul lives
on."
Susie Billie, age 102 (Seminole).

Mike and Karen Edson
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
Dear Dan,
Know that Mike and I are thinking of you during this difficult time. We always enjoyed being around Connie at the Duck Club. She was an accomplished, lovely woman. Please accept our deepest sympsthy.
Love,
Karen and Mike

Susan Furca
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
Dr. Chichester, I was so sorry to see your wife's obituary in this morning's paper. I now understand your going AWOL on your patients (like me), and I do hope that her disease did not totally consume the months of retirement you were able to spend together. You are missed. Give your furry friends a love from me; I know they'll give it back to you double.

Bobbie Halverson
   Posted Sat May 13, 2017
Dan, I'm so sad you've lost your dear wife. You always spoke highly of her. May you find peace in her peace.

Colin and Wendy King
   Posted Sat May 13, 2017
Dear Dan:
Wendy and I are so saddened and shocked to learn of Connie's untimely death. What a tremendous loss for you especially. She was truly the complete woman, brilliant, beautiful, kind yet strong, sensitive yet tough, sophisticated yet down to earth. Your marriage was a stellar example of the best of a couple.

Dan and Deena Lofgren
   Posted Sun May 14, 2017
Dan,
I never met Connie but I knew she was an incredible woman by how you treated and talked about her. I am so sorry for your loss. The Lofgrens will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Warmly,
Dan and Deena

Connie Sniegocki
   Posted Sun May 14, 2017
Dan/Dr. Chichester,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and in my heart.
Connie Sniegocki
(long time patient of yours)

Lori & Andrew Lyle
   Posted Sun May 14, 2017
Dan. We send you our love. We are so sad to hear of Connie's passing. She was and will always be remembered as a beautiful, graceful, loving person. May you cherish the time and love you shared. She will be missed.

Roberta Sweeney
   Posted Sun May 14, 2017
My sympathies to you, Dr. Chichester, in the passing of your wife. She contributed much to life and will be missed by many, especially you. May the peace of God's love surround you and bring you comfort.

Lynn Kelly
   Posted Mon May 15, 2017
Dr. Chichester, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your wife. You always spoke so fondly of her and your wonderful life together. My deepest sympathy. So sorry for your loss. ~Lynn Kelly

Susan Speer
   Posted Mon May 15, 2017
Dr. Chichester, I would like to add my condolences to you on the loss of your wife, Connie. You were always so proud and supportive of her in her career and in your life together. I miss you as my doctor but now hope you had some qualitative time at your ranch in Wyoming. May God bless!
Susan Speer

Christina Blevins
   Posted Mon May 15, 2017
Dr. Chichester, I am so saddened by the death of your wife. She was an amazing woman. May loving memories comfort you. I miss you as my physician, as so many do. Christina Blevins

Brad Weston
   Posted Mon May 15, 2017
Dan,
So sorry to learn of your loss. Thirty-six years! There are certainly many memories for you. Jane was obviously an exceptional person. I mostly knew you, but she had to be special to be your partner. Know that we feel your loss. Best wishes.

Brad & Linda Weston

Jennifer Nicholas
   Posted Tue May 16, 2017
Dearest Dan: I was supremely shocked and deeply saddened to see Connie's obituary last week as were HJ and my parents. You and I go back a very long ways and my heart is broken for you. You and Connie made your relationship work long before your marriage. Your "four legged children," like ours, have always been the perfect complement to a loving partnership. Wyoming is your haven so I am glad the two of you were able to enjoy the peace and beauty of the ranch. Know that you are missed and loved and in our thoughts. Jennifer Nicholas

Cheryl Cope long time patient
   Posted Tue May 16, 2017
Dan,
I can see your "Farmer Tan" from fixin' frnces. I was so sad to see the obit in the Trib. of your wonderful wife. Know I send you kind thoughts and comfort. You were my Dr. thru 6 years with my Mother's illness and death and my husband too. Your strength will carry you. u r in my thoughts. No I did not get a colon thing.fences always need pounding. Cheryl

Nancy Thompson
   Posted Tue May 16, 2017
Dear Dan,

As one of your patients, I know first hand what a wonderful man and doctor you are. I was so sorry to hear of your wife's passing. I remember office visits where you would talk about going to the cabin in Wyoming for your long weekends and taking your Labs (dogs) with you. I remember when my Sarah was born, along with her cardiac twin, and how distraught I was. You came into my room that night, after Sarah had passed, and expressed how sorry you were. You, too, had had a terrible day. In the emergency C-section before mine, one of those twins had been lost. We had both had terrible days, and yet, you were there to comfort me. I hope that you are finding comfort now.

Brian and Eva Rasmussen
   Posted Tue May 16, 2017
We are saddened by the loss of your beloved wife. May your memories sustain you in the coming months and years.

Karl and SusanLind
   Posted Wed May 17, 2017
Dear Dan,

We are thinking of you in your loss of your lifelong companion. Connie was bright, engaging and fun. We looked forward to your company at our annual dinner at the home of Dr. Robert and Mary Lamb. We look forward to a visit with you at some future date. Would you consider a visit to Nevada?

Love,

Karl and Sue

Jay and Jess Hennig
   Posted Wed May 17, 2017
Hi Dan,

We did not get to meet Connie but we have heard what a wonderful person she was. We loved getting to know you when we were in Lisco and we will be thinking about you.

Love,
Jay and Jess

Mitzi Netelbeek
   Posted Wed May 17, 2017
Dear Dr. Chichester, I am so sad to learn of your wife's passing. She sounds like she was a wonderful, vibrant person and I'm sure her loss is more than difficult. I knew when you left your practice so suddenly that something must have happened to prompt it. I am so sorry this is what it was, but so admire you for taking this time to be with your wife as much as possible. What a wonderful husband she had. I hope you can find comfort in the times you spent together, and will be thinking of you as you try to find a way to move forward.
Sincerely, Mitzi

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