Elizabeth A. Geiser, publishing executive and educator, died on October 8 at her home in Florida. One of the founders of the University of Denver Publishing Institute in 1976, Geiser also served as senior v-p of the book division of R.R. Bowker Company and then as senior v-p/business development or Gale Research Company. Geiser lectured internationally on publishing, and in the early 1990s led educational seminars into Eastern Europe under the sponsorship of the United States Information Agency. In 1988, she was inducted into the Publishing Hall of Fame.
Peter Mayer, president of The Overlook Press and former CEO of Penguin Books, said: "Elizabeth was a great soul and entrepreneur for the education of young people who wanted to become involved in book publishing. She was an inspiration. She also was so good at cajoling and coaxing speakers for the Denver Publishing Institute that several times I flew from London, where I was working at Penguin, just to attend or give a keynote address. Nobody else would have gotten me to fly 6,000 miles in a few days.”