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Category: Obituaries

Newman, Diane Irene

Wisconsin State Journal

Possessing a sharp mind, with excellent skills in shorthand and typing, she worked as a secretary for the city of Middleton, and later the radiology department at the University of Wisconsin.

Jerry Rose

Wisconsin State Journal

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jerry was principal investigator for studies on the effectiveness of trauma and heart emergency care, and the cost-effectiveness of helicopter transport of heart, trauma and emergency care. He taught, mentored and became close friends with dozens of graduate students who went on to executive leadership at hospitals around the globe.

Rachel Brenner

Wisconsin State Journal

She joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in 1992, serving as a faculty member until her death. In addition to her active roles in the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies and the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, she was involved in numerous associations.

Phillip Levy

Wisconsin State Journal

He and his team finished the interior of Olin House (Chancellor’s residence) in the Fall of 2008.

Segar, William E. “Bill”

Wisconsin State Journal

His medical career included time at Riley Hospital for Children, Mayo Clinic and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics from 1974-1985.

McCarty, Donald James

Wisconsin State Journal

During the turbulent years of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Don served as Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, after which he returned to his role of Professor of Educational Administration.

Kutzbach, John Elmer

Wisconsin State Journal

John joined the University of Wisconsin faculty in 1966. As Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Director of the Center for Climatic Research, he pioneered the use of climate models to investigate the causes and effects of large-scale changes in past climates.

Johnson, Mary A.

Wisconsin State Journal

On July 1, 1966, she started working for the University Health Services, UW-Madison, Wis., as a medical receptionist.

Gordon-Walker, Ann

Wisconsin State Journal

Ann taught chemistry at both Edgewood College and MATC before entering into her 21-year career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an administrator for the Institute of Molecular Virology.

Munkres, Kenneth

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1968 he was offered a position at the University of Wisconsin with a joint appointment with the College of Agriculture and Molecular Biology. His focus was research and mentoring graduate students. He was known as a pioneer in the research on free radicals in various organisms which lead to successful research in humans.

Eichman, Peter L.

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1954, he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Medical School, in Madison, Wis., as a professor of neurology, a position he held for nearly 50 years. In 1965, he was appointed dean of the Medical School-the youngest dean in the university’s history–and was instrumental in the creation of the university’s vast new medical center.

Eichman, Peter L.

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1954, he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Medical School, in Madison, Wis., as a professor of neurology, a position he held for nearly 50 years.

Webb, Maurice Barnett “Barney”

Wisconsin State Journal

Dr. Webb was a world-renown Emeritus Professor of Physics on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his alma mater (B.S. 1950, Ph.D. 1956), up until his retirement in 2001.

Caulfield, Daniel

Wisconsin State Journal

He worked with graduate students in the Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin for over 30 years.

Hartl, Eugene Joseph

Wisconsin State Journal

Upon Gene’s return from service he worked a brief time for Baker Manufacturing of Evansville before starting his career with the UW Madison Physical Plant Department, retiring in 1995.

Shirley Abrahamson, Trailblazing Wisconsin Judge, Dies at 87

The New York Times

The couple then left for the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she studied under the law school professor J. Willard Hurst, a pioneer in the field of legal history. She received a degree in legal history from the university’s law school in 1962 and was soon the first woman to be hired as a lawyer at what was then known as La Follette, Sinykin, Doyle & Anderson. She rose to be a name partner of the firm.

Schraufnagel, Dorothy Ann (Lukes)

Wisconsin State Journal

She found work in the cafeteria making salads at Truax Field. Later she would continue that line of work for the UW at Chadbourne Hall. One time people were complaining that her Jell-O was so salty; she found out someone accidentally put salt in the sugar container.

Mann, Frances

Wisconsin State Journal

Fran spent more than 25 years working at UW-Madison in the Genetics department working for the famous Professor Oliver Smithies.

Kreigh, Veryl

Wisconsin State Journal

She then started her career as an administrative assistant for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Agriculture, which she retired from in 1994 after over 40 years and created even more lifelong friendships.

Wilson, Franklin Delano

Wisconsin State Journal

Franklin Delano Wilson, Ph.D., the William H. Sewell-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, passed on Dec. 22, 2020.

Lemon, Wallace Lee

Wisconsin State Journal

Wallace then worked for the University of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin System for 21 years under five different UW presidents. His final position was Vice President of Administration and State Government Affairs – coordinating UW planning, development and finances with the legislative and executive branches of state government.

Jorgensen, Neal A.

Wisconsin State Journal

He was a trusted and responsive administrator, serving as Associate Dean and then as a Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences University of Wisconsin.

Nordeen, Katherine Saunders “Kit”

Wisconsin State Journal

Kit Saunders Nordeen, who pioneered women’s athletics at the University of Wisconsin in the 1960s and ’70s, and as a top national administrator fought for equal opportunities for women athletes in the tumultuous years following the passage of Title IX, died Jan. 1, 2021.

Simpson, David Patten

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1965 David joined the faculty of the UW School of Medicine, Seattle, where he cared for patients, taught medical students, and conducted kidney metabolism research. In 1974 he became the Head of Nephrology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine.

Ilgen, Irene

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1960, Irene took a job in the UW’s Zoology Department where she prepared and taught laboratories in comparative anatomy, embryology, and parasitology. She worked closely with professors and many generations of graduate student assistants.

Suttie, John W.

Wisconsin State Journal

He was an NIH Postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, England, before returning to Madison in 1961, to join the University of Wisconsin faculty in Biochemistry. His research focused on the metabolism, action, and nutritional significance of Vitamin K.

Nelson, Nils E.

Wisconsin State Journal

In addition to the farm, Nils worked for the UW-Madison in the computing center (now DoIT) for 28 years.

Boykoff, Thomas Morton

Wisconsin State Journal

Boykoff also taught classes for the UW-Madison Law School between 1979 and 1991, including his favorite seminar: “Select Problems in Legislation.”

Szybalski, Waclaw Tadeusz

Wisconsin State Journal

Dr. Waclaw Tadeusz Szybalski, a long-time professor at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.

Ross, Jeanette

Wisconsin State Journal

Jeanette Ross, Professor, Emeritus Status, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, died Dec. 21, 2020, at her residence in Madison.

Ross, John E.

Wisconsin State Journal

John Elton Ross, distinguished emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and pioneer in the study of the role of mass communication in environmental decision making, died Dec. 3, 2020. He was 94.

Shaw, Grace Douma

Wisconsin State Journal

After college she taught high school history, directed the women’s dormitory at Coe College, earned her master’s degree from UW-Madison, and eventually became the Assistant to the Dean of Women at UW. She met and married Joseph Lee Shaw in 1951. She left the workforce to raise three children, returning to the campus in 1963 as Assistant Dean in the College of Letters and Science and eventually the Assistant Director of the Faculty Advising Service, a position she held until her retirement in 1990.

Fish, Vincent H. K.

Wisconsin State Journal

He taught and provided supervision for decades at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Social Work and Department of Counseling Psychology.

Karweick, Betty J.

Wisconsin State Journal

Betty then decided to return to her first love of librarianship and served as a law librarian and later an instructor in legal research at several law schools, including Duke Law School and finally the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison.

Dolan, Terrence Raymond

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1982, Terry and Mary Ann, along with their now four children, moved to Madison, Wis., where he assumed the Directorship of the Waisman Center for Mental Retardation and Human Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dibbell, David G., Sr.

Wisconsin State Journal

(Ret. Col.) David G. Dibbell Sr., M.D., Professor Emeritus and past Division Chair, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery, passed away peacefully at home and on his terms on Nov. 19, 2020 .. One of his greatest accomplishments and the legacy he leaves is building the first program in reconstructive surgery at the UW Department of Surgery, where he created international outreach programs, providing plastic surgery and care in Central and South America.

Hipenbecker, Donna Jean

Wisconsin State Journal

After graduation, Donna worked at the University Hospital in Madison as a Medical Technologist in the bone marrow lab until she retired in 2003.

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson dies at 87

Wisconsin State Journal

Abrahamson, a New York City native, graduated first in her class from Indiana University Law School in 1956, three years after her marriage to Seymour Abrahamson. The couple moved to Madison and her husband, a world-renowned geneticist, joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1961. He died in 2016. She earned a law degree from UW-Madison in 1962. Abrahamson worked as a professor and joined a Madison law firm, hired by the father of future Gov. Jim Doyle, in 1962.