LSU Mourns Loss of Elisabeth Oliver
The LSU community is mourning the loss of Elisabeth “Lisi” Oliver, Alumni Professor,
who was tragically killed June 7 in an accident in East Feliciana Parish.
“Lisi was larger than life, and her loss is inconceivable. She was an intellectual
force among scholars, nationally and internationally,” said Dean of Humanities & Social
Sciences Stacia Haynie. “She was beloved by students, faculty and staff.”
Oliver joined the LSU faculty in 1996, a year after she received her doctorate from
Harvard University. In 2011 she was named as the Greater Houston Alumni Professor
and most recently was named as a Distinguished Research Master in spring of 2015,
which is among the highest distinctions awarded for faculty research. She was a professor
in the Department of English and a core faculty member of the Interdepartmental Program
in Linguistics. Her research focused on the language and practice of early medieval
law in Europe.
Oliver was on the board of the Early English Laws Project, an international collaboration
to re-edit the laws of early English, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research
Council of Great Britain. She was the recipient of number teaching awards, and received
grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine, the Toronto
Centre for Medieval Studies, the Early English Laws Project and the Louisiana Board
of Regents. In 2014, she and a colleague received an American Council of Learned
Societies (ACLS) Collaborative Fellowship.
A memorial service to honor the life of Elisabeth “Lisi" Oliver was held on Saturday,
June 27 at 3:00 pm at the LSU Faculty Club.
Memorial contributions in Lisi Oliver's name can be made to Companion Animal Alliance
of Baton Rouge.