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Japp, Phyllis Marie (Kalisch)

Japp, Phyllis Marie (Kalisch)

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Japp, Phyllis Marie (Kalisch)

Japp, Phyllis Marie (Kalisch)

Age 76

In memory of Phyllis Marie Japp (Kalisch) who died last December 2, 2013 in St. Cloud, MN, following a sudden illness. She was surrounded by her family.

Phyllis was born on January 8, 1937, in Edholm, NE, to Philip and Geneva (Meredith) Kalisch, and lived most of her life in Omaha and Lincoln, NE. She was a mother, wife mentor, teacher, and scholar who retired recently from the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Phyllis earned her PhD in 1986 and was hired by her alma mater, where she served as an assistant and associate professor, and a director of graduate studies. Phyllis collaborated on a number of books and published chapters and critical essays in several scholarly anthologies and journals. She received a number of accolades, including the Central States Communication Association's Outstanding Teacher Award and Distinguished Book Awards from both the Health Communication and Applied Communication Divisions of the National Communication Association.

Admired for her intellect, humility, and gentle humor, her professional legacy will be former students who continue to take risks, challenge established ideas, pose socially relevant questions, and pursue thoughtful answers. Her legacy to her family and friends is a joy of reading and life-long learning and an appreciation for nature.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Lyle; children, Debra and John (Janet); two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Geneva Kalisch, and brother, Philip. She is also survived by five siblings: Ken (Fran), Carole (Wayne), John (Margaret), James (Karen), Robert (Barb); sister-in-law, Alia; numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Those who wish to honor Phyllis' memory may donate to the "Phyllis Japp Scholars Fund" at UNL, which supports student research. Online at or by check to the NU Foundation, Attn "Phyllis Japp fund" at 1010 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln NE 68508. For assistance, contact Victor Martinez at 402.458.1185.

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