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Silver Taps for Garbarino, Kaitson Tuesday night

Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 19:07

Michael Chris Kaitson

Infectious smile, caring spirit

May 26, 1990 - March 13, 2012 Michael Chris Kaitson

Michael Kaitson, junior business major, is remembered as a loyal friend, protector and caring member of the Aggie family. Full story


Respected friend, loving husband

Aug. 11, 1989 - Jan. 26, 2012 Nicholas James Garbarino

An adventurer at heart, Nick Garbarino could make the dullest moment fun and entertaining. More than once he and a buddy took a couple of canoes down to the Brazos River with nothing more than a water filter and military rations. Full story

As the year comes to a close and students begin to celebrate the end of another semester, a moment will be taken to remember two Aggies, Nick Garbarino and Michael Kaitson, at the last Silver Taps of the academic year.

The Silver Taps ceremony that was scheduled for April 3 will be held Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. in Academic Plaza. The ceremony in April was cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions. Taryn Tipton, chair of Traditions Council, said both the Garbarino and Kaitson families will be in attendance at Tuesday’s Silver Taps ceremony.

“The families of those Aggies who are being honored at Silver Taps were given a few dates to choose from and ultimately they decided that May 1 worked best for both families to come back to College Station,” Tipton said. “The families were very understanding about the postponing of Silver Taps. Like everyone else, they were also concerned about students’ safety.”

Nick Garbarino, senior mechanical engineering major, died on January 26 after battling cancer. One and a half years prior, he married Andi Garbarino. She remembers her husband as an intelligent and caring person.

“It didn’t matter if you weren’t even half as intelligent as him, you still felt like you were important and could totally be yourself around him,” Andi said. “He was the most wonderful husband a girl could ask for — he took good care of me and loved me well.”

Richard Garbarino, Nick’s father, encountered many of Nick’s friends during his struggle with cancer and at his funeral.

“They shared with me their view of my little boy as a man that was loved and respected — a man who made an impact on their lives and the world around him,” Richard said. “I cannot express how much it meant to know that Nick’s life, though short, was full, and full of meaning.”

Michael Kaitson, junior general studies major, is remembered for his vivacity and cheerful nature.

“One of my favorite things about Michael was his smile,” said Angie Kaitson, Michael’s mother.  “He was always bouncing into the kitchen trying to make me laugh. He used to pick me up and swing me around — which was really funny because I’m 5 feet 4 inches and he’s about 6 feet 3 inches — and he would do the same thing with his younger siblings. He could bring a room alive, for sure.”

Michael was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and was known to be loyal to his fraternity brothers.

“He was funny, loyal and just fun to be around,” said James Lassen, one of Michael’s fraternity pledge brothers. “He was always down to hang out and just be there when you needed someone.”

Michael loved A&M and exemplified the Aggie spirit with his friendly, caring nature.

“He only applied to two schools, UT and A&M,” said Chris Kaitson, Michael’s father. “When he visited Austin, he said there wasn’t a feeling of family there. I think he chose A&M because everyone is nice and kind, like him. He fit right in.”


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