Carol J. Huser

Alcohol steals the potential of so many

On my bedroom wall hangs a family portrait almost 100 years old.

Dressed in their Sunday best and formally arranged in two rows, my paternal grandmother, Clara; her parents; three brothers; and four sisters stare solemnly at the camera. Grandma’s right arm rests lovingly on the shoulder of her little brother, Walter.


Dr. Carol J. Huser, a forensic pathologist, has served as La Plata County coroner since January 2003. Reach her at

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