Millersville University associate professor passes away at 49

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.– Millersville University announced Wednesday afternoon that Dr. Lisa Schreiber, an associate professor in communication & theatre, has passed away.

According to a GoFundMe page set up by Schreiber’s oldest son, Dylan Roeder, she was in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Lancaster Regional Hospital since June 23 and died 11 days later, at the age of 49.

Roeder posted on Instagram to reflect on the life of his mother:

One of my mom's goals has always been to live to be 100. This evening she came up just short of making it halfway to the milestone after passing away at the age of 49. She will be unbelievably missed and never forgotten. I couldn't have asked for a better mom. After being intubated for 9 days her body was unable to handle the physical stress and her heart gave out. Thank you to ANYONE that has supported our family and is continuing to give support. You are appreciated more than you can imagine. Some type of ceremony will be held for close friends and family of my brother, me and my mom. Details will be posted here in the near future. **Update** – The service will take place this coming Monday 7-9pm at 441 N. George St, Millersville, PA Lisa Marie Schreiber 9/19/1967-7/4/2017

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Schreiber earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in interpersonal communication from Truman State University in 1989 and two years later, held a Master of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, according to her biography on Millersville’s website. She completed her dissertation for her doctorate degree in 2002 through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Prior to her arrival at Millersville, the longtime communication educator taught at Dana College where she was named Professor of the Year for the 2001-2002 session.

Throughout her academic career, Schreiber taught courses on intercultural, interpersonal, gendered, organizational and small group communication, in addition to public speaking.

An email sent out to the campus community releasing the news of Schreiber’s death acknowledged that she was a trainer and consultant for a number of organizations such as ConAgra, Hitachi, Omaha Steaks, the State of Nebraska, Union Pacific, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Open Door Mission, and United Way – CHAD.

The GoFundMe page has raised more than $14,000 of its $50,000 goal in two days. The link to the page can be found here.