Former Longtime Sports Information Director Nick Vista Passes Away
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Former longtime Michigan State sports information director Nick Vista passed away on Sunday in Atlanta. He was 90.
Vista worked in the Michigan State sports information office for 33 years (1955-1988), including eight years as the head SID. He was an assistant under MSU Athletics Hall of Famer Fred Stabley Sr. for 25 years before being promoted.
Vista served on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) board for six years (1979-85) and was president in 1981-82. He was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1975 and was honored as the CoSIDA Arch Award Winner for outstanding contributions to the profession in 1985.
A native of Battle Creek, Michigan, Vista received the outstanding alumni award by MSU's College of Communications Arts and Sciences in 1983 and was named the "Spartan of the Year" by The State News in 1988. He worked with numerous championship teams, Hall of Fame coaches and All-Americans during his legendary career at Michigan State.
Following service in the U.S. Navy after the conclusion of World War II, Vista attended Michigan State and graduated from MSU in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. After graduation, he was employed as a general reporter for United Press in the Detroit bureau for three months before returning to East Lansing in the fall of 1954 to take a position in the school's news bureau. He was named assistant SID on July 1, 1955.
Vista moved to Atlanta after retiring from MSU and continued to work with the media, serving as a liaison at the 1996 Summer Olympics and at numerous Peach Bowls.
Vista is survived by his wife of 35 years, Connie Stewart.
A small graveside service will be held this Saturday (Feb. 18) in Athens, Georgia, with a larger Celebration of Life being planned for the spring in Atlanta.