"She was completely committed to the university community and its welfare," said Ellie Costulis, administrative assistant to the president. "She was equally an advocate of this university as President Koch."
Costulis, who worked closely with the first lady on many events in recent years, said she quickly came to appreciate her "unbelievable time management skills."
Indeed, for all that she did, time management was essential. In addition to her heavy involvement in university functions, Koch somehow managed to pursue a few of her own interests.
Throughout the 1990s she taught English and American history part time at Tidewater Community College, and for the past two years served as assistant to TCC President Deborah DiCroce. Koch also returned to school at Old Dominion to pursue a second master's degree, in history, which she received this spring.
In the community, she was active in the First Lutheran Church, was a member of three local book clubs, and served as a board member of The Dwelling Place, an emergency shelter for homeless families.
No one more than her husband knew or valued all that she did, both in the community and on behalf of Old Dominion University.
"If times had been different when she was growing up, she easily could have become a college president herself," he said. "When she's gone, people will begin to understand all the things that she has done for Old Dominion."