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Category: Obituaries

Dolores Ann Lichte

Wisconsin State Journal

She became employed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the English Department, which was the largest department in the College of Letters and Sciences at the university. She served six years as Administrative Assistant for the department and the department chairman; three of those years she was also Administrative Assistant for Professor Helen C. White, world-renowned English literature scholar, for whom the Helen C. White Library on the UW-Madison Campus is named. In 1966, Professor White requested that Dolores be given a 20% raise, stating: “She maintains a very cheerful and efficient office. Indeed, she is a fine leader and executive. She has more than earned it.”

Sheila Mary (Macnee) Spear

Wisconsin State Journal

Sheila returned to Wisconsin in 1994, where she became Director of International Student and Scholar Services, until she retired in 2002.

Norbert A. Meier

Wisconsin State Journal

He worked at Rayovac and Graber, then went on to become a machinist at the University of Wisconsin in the Physics and Chemistry departments.

Ernest Irving Hanson

Wisconsin State Journal

They moved to Madison in 1965, when Ernie joined the UW business school faculty. Ernie spent 37 fulfilling years as a faculty member. He was a dedicated and positive teacher as he engaged students at all levels of instruction.

Former Wisconsin football tailback Brent Moss dead at 50

Wisconsin State Journal

Moss was part of the Badgers football program from 1991-94 and was a catalyst for the turnaround led by coach Barry Alvarez. Moss was the team’s leading rusher in 1993 when UW won the Big Ten and the Rose Bowl in Alvarez’s fourth season. Moss’ 158 yards and two touchdowns on the ground helped the Badgers win the program’s first Rose Bowl in 40 years, and earned him game MVP honors. He was named the Big Ten Player of the Year that season as well.

Cathy Ann Rasmussen, PhD

Wisconsin State Journal

Cathy dedicated her career to advancing groundbreaking technologies from laboratory to patient, first as a pivotal member of the pioneering team at Stratatech in Madison, WI, and later as Executive Director of the Forward Bio Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was a leader in regenerative medicine and a mentor to many throughout her life.

Arthur Olson Obituary (1923 – 2022)

Arthur worked for the University of Wisconsin in Madison about 30 years, and most of that time was spent as a lab technician at the Biochemistry Pilot Plant helping students set up their growth of different microbiology (ex. yeasts and algae) in large growth chambers.

Robert West Obituary (1928 – 2022)

Bob pursued his PhD in chemistry at Harvard University before igniting a highly successful career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he became the Eugene G. Rochow Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Organosilicon Research Center.

Carl Edward Gulbrandsen

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1997, Carl became Director of Patents and Licensing at WARF, a foundation formed to patent and commercialize inventions developed at the University of Wisconsin and to use the revenue derived from those inventions to fund research and further the University of Wisconsin’s mission. He became Managing Director in 2000, retiring in 2016. During his tenure, the WARF endowment grew significantly, allowing WARF to give hundreds of millions of dollars to the UW. Carl strongly believed that WARF should fund and support developing technologies and startup companies.

Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Edwin Bisgard

Wisconsin State Journal

Jerry received his PhD from the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Wisconsin in 1971, and joined the UW-Madison faculty as an assistant professor that same year, becoming a professor in 1977.

Robert Giller Kauffman

Wisconsin State Journal

When, in 1966, Robert was offered an Associate Professorship at his beloved UW Madison, the family returned to Wisconsin, and built a house on Shenandoah Way that would be the Kauffman’s family home for the next 50 years.

Blair D. Savage

Wisconsin State Journal

He went on to enjoy decades of fulfilling teaching and astronomy research at University of Wisconsin-Madison where he specialized in UV astronomy, studying the interstellar medium known as “star dust.”

Georgia Ann Zink

Wisconsin State Journal

She worked for Satterfield Electronics for several years and then worked and retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after 30 years.

Donna Jane Rush

Wisconsin State Journal

She was employed for 20 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, retiring as a financial specialist from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison, in 2006.

Jost Hermand

Wisconsin State Journal

He received his Ph. D. from the University of Marburg in 1955 in German literature, art history, history and philosophy, and joined the Department of German in Madison in 1958, soon helping to put the Department and the UW-Madison on the map nationally and internationally. For decades, he was among a handful of Germanists with world-wide fame, in demand all over the globe as a speaker.

Constance Threinen Obituary (1925 – 2022)

Wisconsin State Journal

Connie was a well-known member within the Middleton and Madison communities through her work with University of Wisconsin Extension, progressive political causes, and the Middleton League of Women Voters.

Barbara A. Prescott

Wisconsin State Journal

Barbara worked for the duplicating service within the UW-Madison campus for 30 years before her retirement.

David G. Sutter

Wisconsin State Journal

David worked at the University of Wisconsin – Madison as a painter for many years, retiring in 2000.

Robin and Beth Carre-Potter

Wisconsin State Journal

Beth graduated from Knox College with a degree in French before attending Rush University Medical College in Chicago, IL. After completing a family medicine residency at University of Wisconsin-Madison, she became a faculty member in the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Her primary practice site was the Access Community Health Centers’ Wingra Family Medical Center where she taught family medicine residents and medical students as well as attending to cherished patients. At the time of her death, Beth was also the Medical Director of Employee Health and Wellbeing Services.

Robert “Bob” Sutton

Wisconsin State Journal

Bob worked for the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Space Science and Engineering as an Engineering Technician for over forty years. He always did impeccable work and was recognized by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for his contributions on the Galileo Project /STS 34, Atlantis, and on the Hubble Space Telescope Program. In addition, the Sutton Weather Station in Antarctica, established in 1994, was named for Bob’s contributions.

Ellen M. (Straavaldsen) Dudley

Wisconsin State Journal

She went on to become a freelance artist for multiple fashion stores in the Madison area and she also worked for the UW-Madison, Do-It (Division of Information Technology) as a senior graphic artist. Ellen was also a technical scientific illustrator for many university professors, where she would draw graphics for botany and anthropology textbooks. She retired from the UW-Madison after 33 years of service.

William H. Marshall

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1990, Bill retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after serving as Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Director of the School of Family Resources and Consumer Sciences.

David Lloyd Ankley

Wisconsin State Journal

David started his 32 year UW-Extension career in Marinette County in 1965, eventually becoming Portage County’s Agriculture Agent in 1970, retiring in 1996. The highlight of his career was being Executive Secretary of 1982s WI Farm Progress Days.

Patrick J. Michaels, Vocal Outlier on Climate Change, Dies at 72

The New York Times

Dr. Michaels was a visible and polarizing figure in the climate change debate — partly because of his stridency and partly because, unlike many politicians and other policymakers, he had scientific credentials. He held a doctorate in ecological climatology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, was for decades a professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia and Virginia’s state climatologist, and had published in scientific journals.

Mary Ann Baldwin

Wisconsin State Journal

Mary worked for over 36 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, retiring in 2003, with emeritus status; she truly enjoyed her interactions with the engineering students, especially meeting those from other countries.

Mark Lederer Obituary (1952 – 2022)

Wisconsin State Journal

While working in the Wisconsin State Senate, at UW Extension in the Chancellor’s office and in the Local Government Center, Mark approached all his activities as a teacher, whether explaining UW Extension to legislators or helping local government officials navigate state and local regulations. In his final job before retiring, Mark taught UW students in the Department of Child and Family Studies about the direct impact of government policy on Wisconsin families.

Kathie Hanson Obituary (1941 – 2022)

Wisconsin State Journal

After graduation in 1963, she worked at the UW for three years and then moved to California and worked for a year. Upon returning to Madison, she continued her career in nursing at the UW, primarily in post anesthesia and trauma until 1980.

Janet V. (Hedstrom) Eubanks

Wisconsin State Journal

Her career in the new field of computer programming began in Chicago when mainframe computers were room sized! She returned to Wisconsin and worked for DoIT, UW Madison for 40 years.

Chris Daniel “Dan” Geisler

Wisconsin State Journal

He joined the University of Wisconsin – Madison faculty in 1962, with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Laboratory of Neurophysiology.

Ezra S. Diman

Wisconsin State Journal

Sam began working for the University of Wisconsin Press after returning to the United States, and continued there for most of his career while rising from stock boy to become the Associate Director, when he retired in 1995.

Patrick Michaels, outspoken climate change contrarian, dies at 72

Washington Post

Noted: Dr. Michaels received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 1971 and a master’s degree in biology in 1975, both from the University of Chicago. He received a doctorate in ecological climatology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1979. He was a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists.

Kenneth William McGwin

Wisconsin State Journal

In 2001, he began work as an operating engineer at the University of Wisconsin power plant in Madison. He retired from that job as a supervisor in 2014.

Marshall Frederick Finner

Wisconsin State Journal

He then began teaching at UW-Madison rising through the ranks to Professor. In 1983, he became Director of UW Agricultural Research Stations until his retirement in 1994. At that time, he was awarded Professor Emeritus status.

Thomas P. Culviner

Wisconsin State Journal

Tom was hired by UW-Extension as an editor for their correspondence courses, which soon evolved to online. He edited courses and related materials for 21 years for Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning, and a range of other names. He also represented the division on Academic Staff Council. He retired in 2016.

Margaret S. Andreasen

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1980 she accepted an appointment at the University of Wisconsin Madison as an Assistant Professor of journalism. As a result of her research and writings, she became a tenured professor and later Chair of the Family and Consumer Communications Department.

Sylvester Wayne Strong

Wisconsin State Journal

His most recent role at UW-Madison’s Center for Law, Society & Justice was a culmination of both his passion for career development and mentorship as well as his deep knowledge of criminal justice and educational issues. His eyes would light up when he talked about the students he helped obtain internships or when he recounted his presentations on the practical applications of law enforcement and criminal justice.

Paul Anthony Hamilton Beckett

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1978, Paul accepted a position as Assistant Chair of the African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He remained at the university until his retirement in 1999.