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Category: Obituaries

Gawlik, Marilyn

Wisconsin State Journal

Back in Madison, Marilyn was employed as an administrative assistant for 20 years at the University of Wisconsin Extension Services.

Rogers, Bert

Wisconsin State Journal

Bert also worked at the University of Wisconsin Physical Sciences Laboratory. He transferred to the UW Chemistry Department, where he worked for 20 years until his retirement in 1987.

Davidson, Louise A.

Wisconsin State Journal

After her kids were grown, she worked part-time for the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus housing, and retired in December of 1997.

Allen, Gail Susan

Wisconsin State Journal

She completed medical school and residency at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she helped create a part-time residency program that allowed her to spend more time with her kids. She joined the UW faculty in 1998 and practiced as a general pediatrician at the UW Health West Clinic for 20 years.

Sanborn, Helen Houg

Wisconsin State Journal

Once settled in Madison, Wis., Helen joined Bethel Lutheran Church, bought a piano, and began a career in financial aid at the University of Wisconsin. Helen enjoyed helping students attain their education, and for her, the fulfillment of a regular job.

Rusy, Dr. Ben Franklin

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1976, Ben and Anita, and their four daughters, moved to Madison, where he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Department of Anesthesiology. He became Director of Anesthesia Research and was active in research, teaching and clinical practice.

Holloway, Arlan Joseph “Arlie”

Wisconsin State Journal

Arlie worked as an insulator for over 40 years and was a member of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 19 Union. He also worked for UW-Madison his final years before retirement.

Fennema, Ann Elizabeth

Wisconsin State Journal

Elizabeth was a Professor of Education at the University of Wisconsin Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She also served as a Senior Scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, and in the Women’s Studies Program until her retirement in 1996, when she was appointed Professor Emerita.

Burgess, James Edward

Wisconsin State Journal

A crowning achievement of Jim’s career was his work with the UW School of Journalism and Mass Communication to create the James E. Burgess Chair of Journalism Ethics. The Chair was the cornerstone of what would become the Center for Journalism Ethics, now an internationally recognized hub for reflection, education and activism in the field.

Birkemeier, William Philip

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1960, now Dr. William P. Birkemeier accepted a professorship at the prestigious University of Wisconsin College of Engineering and moved his family one final time to Madison. As a university professor at a major research-one Institution, Dr. Birkemeier made significant contributions to his discipline of electrical and computer engineering.

West, Wanda Mae (Cook)

Wisconsin State Journal

Wanda worked as a meat wrapper for Kohl’s Food Stores in Madison, and after retiring from there she worked for UW-Madison Housing.

The Revolutionary Writing of bell hooks

The New Yorker

In 1973, Watkins graduated from Stanford; as a nineteen-year-old undergraduate, she had already completed a draft of a visionary history of Black feminism and womanhood. During the seventies, she pursued graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Groundbreaking Feminist Scholar bell hooks Dies at 69

Smithsonian Magazine

hooks attended Stanford University on a scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. As a 19-year-old student, she wrote the first draft of what would eventually become her first work of feminist thought, Ain’t I a Woman?, She went on to receive a master’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in 1976 and a PhD in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1983.

Trailblazing Black feminist and social critic bell hooks dies at 69

The Washington Post

Dr. hooks received a bachelor’s degree in 1973 and studied English literature in graduate school, earning a master’s degree in 1976 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a doctorate in 1983 from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she wrote her dissertation on novelist Toni Morrison.

bell hooks, ‘Aint I A Woman’ and ‘All About Love’ author dies at 69

USA Today

Born Gloria Jean Watkins in Hopkinsville, Kentucky she went on to pen many literary works under the pseudonym bell hooks, a tribute to her great-grandmother that she chose to write using lowercase letters to focus attention on her words rather than herself. After receiving a Bachelors’ degree from Stanford University, a Master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate a the University of California – Santa Cruz.

bell hooks, groundbreaking feminist thinker, dies at 69

PBS NewsHour

hooks was born Gloria Jean Watkins in 1952 in the segregated town of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and later gave herself the pen name bell hooks in honor of her maternal great-grandmother. She loved reading from an early age, majored in English at Stanford University and received a master’s in English from the University of Wisconsin, where she began writing “Ain’t I a Woman.”

bell hooks, groundbreaking feminist thinker, dies at 69

Associated Press

She majored in English at Stanford University and received a master’s in English from the University of Wisconsin. It was the 1970s, the height of second wave feminism, but hooks — “this bold young black female from rural Kentucky” — felt apart from the movement and its “white and female comrades.”

Slater, John G. “Jack”

Wisconsin State Journal

He earned BS., MS., and PhD. degrees in Engineering at UW-Madison, and was an instructor in Fluid Mechanics for 3 years at UW-Madison.

Virgil Abloh obituary

The Guardian

His parents considered engineering a reliable prospect, and after Boylan Catholic high school, Abloh got his BSc in civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MA in architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology. Though he exploited the skills and tools for making things that were available on the courses – “maker”, not designer, was his preferred way of describing himself – he credited his real education to his first on-campus encounter with an arts library.

Remembering Virgil Abloh, trailblazing fashion designer, UW Alum


“Virgil is a 2003 UW grad and actually got his degree in civil engineering,” explained Sarah Schutt, Executive Director of the UW Alumni Association. “We know now he never pursued engineering as a career, but he shared in several interviews that the problem-solving mindset that he learned in engineering and his base in humanities, he drew from every day in his work in design, music, and all the ways he influenced culture.”

Miller, Allen H. “Al”

Wisconsin State Journal

He was the Director of Coastal Management for the State of Wisconsin for 10 years and then became the Assistant Director for Outreach for the Sea Grant Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Beal, Andrew Brei “Andy”

Wisconsin State Journal

During his career at the University of Wisconsin, Andy managed the electronics shop for the chemistry department for many years, providing electronics support for the department’s research, teaching, and service missions. He was known for his ability to communicate and teach important electronics fundamentals to non-specialists.

Roger Mason Obituary

Wisconsin State Journal

After 25 years of supporting rural hospitals in Wisconsin, Roger retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering in 2006.

Gholam Malek Obituary

Wisconsin State Journal

He was a board-certified urologist, member of the American Urological Society, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Clinical Professor of Urology at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

Broekema, Victor Jon

Wisconsin State Journal

Vic was a professor at UW-Madison for seven years and then chief psychologist at Central State Hospital, then Wisconsin Resource Center, a maximum security mental health facility that was part of Winnebago Mental Health Hospital, where he developed the program for the facility and was liked and respected by staff as well as by residents. He remained lifelong friends with several Ph.D. graduate students who were actively supportive of him, especially in his final years.

Dunn, James William

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1963, he took a job in the Physical Plant of UW-Madison, eventually becoming the expert on heating and air conditioning mechanicals, first at UW Hospital on University Avenue, then at the Medical Sciences building on Charter Street, as well as the Bardeen and McArdle Laboratories. He retired from UW in 1993.

Ragotzkie, Robert A.

Wisconsin State Journal

After running the Marine Studies Institute on Sapelo Island, Ga., for five years, he moved the family back to Madison, where he began his teaching career with the UW Department of Meteorology. His work as a scientist and teacher took him to remote areas of the earth, including Antarctica, where he studied lakes in dry valleys, and the Northwest Territories of Canada, where there was more lake research to be done.

Jaeger, James W.

Wisconsin State Journal

He taught in UW zoological courses for several years and was a researcher in the Porter Lab for 30 years until his retirement in 2006.

Martin, David W.

Wisconsin State Journal

David graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a doctorate in meteorology in 1968 and had a successful career as a research meteorologist at the UW Space Science & Engineering Center for over five decades.

Eric Rothstein

Wisconsin State Journal

On Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, Eric David Rothstein, Edgar W. Lacy Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, most loving husband and father, followed stage directions: “Exit, pursued by a bear.”

Bosworth Jr., Lewis A.

Wisconsin State Journal

Lewis then taught French and Linguistics at the University of Michigan, at Wesleyan University (CT) and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Returning to his Alma Mater, he engaged in a variety of administrative and advising positions, among which liaison with the Wisconsin secondary schools, director of the Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium, the Chancellor’s associate administrative council, the summer orientation, advising and registration program, total quality improvement training, the campus-wide A Campus of Difference diversity training program, foreign language placement and study abroad.

Aylesworth, Robert John “Bob,” Sr.

Wisconsin State Journal

Bob worked as a civil servant for the University of Wisconsin, retiring in 1995. For the last 20 years of his career, he helped students at the UW-Pharmacy School. He was affectionately known as “Beaker Bob.”

Dombrowski, Paul B.

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1960, he joined the UW Department of Geology and Geophysics as a graphic artist. He fondly recalled student seminars, examining the ancient stories which rocks reveal, and swimming in Lake Mendota.

Paul Moran Obituary

Paul Richard “Dick” Moran, Ph.D., Professor of Radiology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine (1983-1999), Professor of Physics and Distinguished Faculty Fellow of the department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1965-1983), has passed away at home on Oct. 17, 2021, at the age of 85.

Ross, Jeanette

Wisconsin State Journal

She came to the University of Wisconsin in 1957 to re-develop the class piano program and to teach more advanced students, retiring in 1990.

Clark, Allen Whipple

Wisconsin State Journal

As a professor at the UW Madison School of Medicine, he was a devoted teacher and researcher until his retirement in 1998.

Lewis, Betty J.

Wisconsin State Journal

She was employed as a research coordinator by the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology until her retirement in 1998.

Herring, Phillip F.

Wisconsin State Journal

He received an appointment at the University of Virginia, and by 1970 was invited to join the faculty of the English Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with tenure. Herring was a popular teacher of Modernist literature, but in addition had a long career as a scholarly writer and biographer, producing important works on James Joyce and Djuna Barnes.

Pellett, John Roger

Wisconsin State Journal

He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Wisconsin Surgical Society, the Wisconsin Surgical Club, the General Thoracic Surgical Club and a Professor Emeritus. He had many “firsts” for the University: separating the first conjoined twins, the first lung transplant, the first double lung transplant, and the first heart lung transplant.