John “Jack” W. Heisse Jr., M.D. – Shelburne

O-2-MILESTONES-S-HeisseCaregiver, leader, scholar, teacher, friend – Jack Heisse built a life in which he served in many different roles to address the needs of many different people. He departed this life to join his beloved wife, Sandy, in God’s house, on October 3, 2013. Jack was born February 9, 1927 in Baltimore, Md., the only son of Lt. Colonel John W. Heisse and Kathleen Hardwicke Heisse. His formal education and training was received in Baltimore, at the Friends School (diploma), Johns Hopkins University (A.B. Mathematics), University of Maryland School of Medicine (M.D.), and Mercy Hospital (Internship and Residency in Otolaryngology and Anesthesiology). This formal exposure to obtaining knowledge, however, was just the beginning. Jack never stopped learning, and he did not limit that learning to medicine. In addition to the otolaryngology, otology, medical hypnosis, and allergy, which became his vocation, he read widely and took part in numerous seminars and workshops in forensics, criminology and lie detection/truth verification. Jack elected to share his accumulated knowledge widely, whenever, and wherever the opportunity presented. He taught in traditional academic settings such as the UVM College of Medicine, UVM School of Nursing, Champlain College, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Weeks Memorial Hospital (N.H.), and Copley Hospital (Vt.). He also made himself available to teach in less traditional settings such as the Honolulu Police Department, the International Society of Stress Analysts, the California State Legislature, committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Dektor Counterintelligence and Security Agency, the American Institute of Hypnosis, the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, and the American Society of Industrial Security. The list can be condensed to one word: teacher. Jack served in the Navy during WWII as an Electronic Technician’s Mate and liked to jokingly brag that due to that service, no enemy submarines ever accessed the Great Lakes! In 1956, Jack moved from Baltimore to Burlington to begin his medical practice as an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist). In 2007, he moved to Shelburne’s Wake Robin where he remained until his death. While Jack’s professional life labeled him “doctor,” he served his community in other valuable capacities as well. He was, for example, a long term supporter and trustee of Champlain College (1970-1980) and a 2012 recipient of an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from that institution. He was also an active member of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) through which he contributed to the birth and continuing growth of many new businesses in our community. His faith was sound and secure and he attended the First Congregational Church in Burlington most of his adult life. Jack was predeceased by his wife, Sandra VanGraber Heisse. He is survived by his daughter Karen E. “Meg” Heisse, his son John Jay Heisse, both of Baltimore, and by a grandson, Alexander Heisse of Florida. Jack Heisse will be missed by his family, his former patients, his friends, and by the many who benefited from his caring and from his teaching. There will be no services. Jack’s remains will be interred at the family’s convenience in the Druid Ridge Cemetery, Baltimore, Md. In lieu of flowers, please direct contributions to the John W. Heisse, Jr. Endowment, Champlain College, Burlington, Vt. Arrangements are in care of Shelburne Funeral Chapel of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 209 Falls Road Shelburne, Vt. 05482.

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