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Category: Obituaries

Stewart, Terrill P. “Terry”

Wisconsin State Journal

He graduated from Mazomanie High School in 1949 and from UW-La Crosse in 1957 and was employed at the Aeronautical Chart & Information Center, St. Louis, Mo., for three years and later at UW Medical School, Department of Neurophysiology and Medical Photography for 35 years, retiring in 1995 as a Distinguished Media Specialist, Emeritus.

Baertschy, David Karl

Wisconsin State Journal

David worked as a microbiologist for the UW-Madison for 18.5 years and in medical sales with VWR Scientific Products for 12 years, before his retirement.

Wortley, Allen

Wisconsin State Journal

Then, instead of working for a living, he became a university professor. He pursued the Peter Principle, earning a professional development degree and becoming Associate Dean for engineering outreach and now Emeritus Professor.

Long, Willis Franklin “Bill”

Wisconsin State Journal

He taught for many years at the UW electrical engineering extension, where he traveled abroad teaching about power systems in Brazil, China, and beyond. He was highly regarded by colleagues and created many friendships that lasted his entire life. He taught at the UW well into his 70s and still had an office until the time of his death.

Thomas Dodson, 70

madison.com

He held various jobs before joining the University of Wisconsin Physical Plant where he worked as a custodian for over 25 years until retirement.

Voichick, Michael

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1964, they landed in Madison where Mike joined the math faculty at University of Wisconsin … Mike loved teaching college math, and his students loved him back. For more than three decades, he brought his sharp intellect and keen sense of humor into the classroom, and it was appreciated by his students and many advisees.

Carroll, Marion Kathleen (Roherty)

Wisconsin State Journal

Kathleen obtained a position at UW Hospital and … moved on to other medical positions with various doctors, the Quisling Clinic and finally the Jackson Clinic, from which she retired as a receptionist supervisor for the internal medicine department in 1986 after 20 years of service.

Fishbain, Janet (Rietveld)

Wisconsin State Journal

Her longest and favorite stint was at the University of Wisconsin Writing Center. During her 30-year tenure at the center, Janet helped thousands of students improve their writing skills, and in 2002 she was awarded the Chancellor’s Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Oimoen, Otto C.

Wisconsin State Journal

After high school he worked for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Services Facilities Planning and Management, where he stayed until his retirement in 2020.

Sonnedecker, Glenn Allen

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1949, Glenn moved to Madison to be the first graduate student in the UW History of Pharmacy Department. In 1952, he became an Associate Professor of History of Pharmacy.

Pitot, Henry Clement III

Wisconsin State Journal

Dr. Pitot came to UW-Madison to conduct research at McArdle laboratories, an internationally renowned cancer research facility. During his next 50-plus years at the UW, Dr. Pitot became an eminent pathologist, he was a professor of oncology and pathology, and he variously served as Pathology Department Chair, Acting Dean of the Medical School, and Director of McArdle.

Zoller, Raili Tellervo “Telle”

Wisconsin State Journal

She then worked as a librarian for several years at the University, and as an International Law Librarian at the UW Law School, where she combined her love of languages, helping students, and libraries. She became a lifelong friend to many of the students she worked with, especially the international students, as she was a “mother” away from home for many of them.

Chosy, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Julius J. “Jack,” M.D.

Wisconsin State Journal

Jack pursued dual careers in medicine and the military spanning more than 33 years. He completed residencies in internal medicine and psychiatry at the UW, then practiced psychosomatic medicine and joined the academic faculty, receiving tenure in 1969. He became associate chief of staff of Ambulatory Care at the Madison VA Hospital in 1976, while continuing to consult in the UW’s pain clinic. Jack retired as a full professor in 1998.

Ham, Francis Gerald “Jerry”

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1966, the University of Wisconsin’s School of Library and Information Studies invited Jerry to create a graduate education program in archives administration. The initial one-course offering expanded to a full degree program, and over the years he trained hundreds of students in the profession.

Smith, Michael E.

Wisconsin State Journal

From 1995 until 2009, Michael served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where he taught courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and a seminar on sentencing and corrections.

Arthur Staats Dies at 97; Called ‘Time Out’ for Unruly Kids

The New York Times

After teaching as a professor of psychology at Arizona State University and a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin, he was hired in 1966 by the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was a professor of psychology there until he retired in 1997 and was named professor emeritus.

Ball, Dean “Sandy”

Wisconsin State Journal

As a University of Wisconsin Photo Lab photographer, Sandy was an official Team USA photographer for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, working in conjunction with photo lab director and filmmaker, Professor Walter Meives. They traveled with the team, first in Denver during pre-Games altitude conditioning, then in Mexico City and Acapulco.

Beachley, Norman

Wisconsin State Journal

From 1966-1994, Norm worked as a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he researched improving fuel economy for motor vehicles through energy storage techniques using flywheel or hydropneumatic accumulators and was the advisor for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) student racing group.

Johnson, Nancy Ebersole

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1969 she received a Ph.D. from the Department of Nutritional Science at University of Wisconsin-Madison and subsequently served on the faculty in the department for over 20 years, including a joint appointment with University of Wisconsin- Extension.

Powless, John Dale

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1963, John joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison athletic staff as head tennis coach and assistant basketball coach. In 1967, he married UW grad, Sheree Williams of Wauconda, Ill. In 1968, he stopped coaching UW men’s tennis and became the Wisconsin men’s head basketball coach.

Anna Halprin Dies at 100; Choreographer Committed to Experimenting

The New York Times

Fascinated by movement as a child, Ms. Halprin was encouraged by her parents, who enrolled her in dance classes and even occasionally had dance teachers live in their house. She attracted the attention of Doris Humphrey, one of the era’s leading choreographers, but Ms. Halprin knew that her family wanted her to attend college, so she enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, Madison, which offered a progressive modern-dance curriculum.

Doolittle, Richard I.

Wisconsin State Journal

After nine years with AIB, he went to the American Banking Association, rising to Associate Director/Chief Operating Officer of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers, with emphasis on financial and information systems, communications and marketing. Nine years later, Dick moved on to the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Herbert V Prochnow Foundation, where he served as President and CEO for 21 years, overseeing all functions of this advanced bank management education provider and its supporting foundation. He retired in 1995.

Bright, Robert Dean

Wisconsin State Journal

Bob spent over 30 years teaching for the University of Wisconsin Extension, principally in the Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Program. He was a faculty member for the Center for Action on Poverty, the Center for Community Leadership Development and the Community Dynamic Institute. He also became director of the High School Equivalency Program for Migrant Youth and served as acting director in the Chancellor’s Office of Affirmative Action.

‘He’d do anything for you’: John Powless, 88, remembered for his love of tennis and people

Wisconsin State Journal

John Powless played a lot of tennis over the years and was itching to get back on the court one more time. But Powless died at his home Thursday morning after a long illness. The former University of Wisconsin men’s basketball and tennis coach, who built a competitive career playing the latter sport at the international level after his coaching career had ended, was 88.

Casper, Richard J.

Wisconsin State Journal

He worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a research engineer starting in 1974, until his retirement in 2002, and was a mentor to thousands.

Zoerb, David Fredric

Wisconsin State Journal

Nearly everyone who met him knew he was a dedicated Badger, serving in numerous volunteer roles at UW-Madison, including as the national president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. He loved helping young people find their path to college.

Nelson, Russell B.

Wisconsin State Journal

Russell worked for the University of Wisconsin Extension for over 31 years as a 4-H youth agent. He was recognized as one of the 10 best extension agents in the United States in 1958.

Gerald Zeier

madison.com

His greatest sport moment was being part of the Big Ten UW 150# football team co-champions in 1947 and 1948.

Karen Blaschka

madison.com

She was employed for 32 years as a clerical for the Wisconsin State Board of Health and UW System Administration.

Thomas Brock (1926 – 2021)

madison.com

Thomas D. Brock was the E. B. Fred Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He made contributions to a wide variety of biological sciences; perhaps his best-known contribution was the discovery of extremely thermophilic microorganisms in high-temperature natural systems, including in Yellowstone National Park.

Wilson, Sharen

Wisconsin State Journal

Sharen embarked on a new career path, as a medical researcher with the UW Pulmonary Department. She ran clinical studies focused on cystic fibrosis and lung disease.

Ashman, Dr. Hubert C. “Hugh”

Wisconsin State Journal

Dr. Ashman joined the Jackson Clinic in Madison in 1948, working in the Internal Medicine Department until his retirement in 1983. He also was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and was on staff at Methodist Hospital.

Ehrke, Juanita Rose Robbins

Wisconsin State Journal

For 16 years, Juanita was the assistant to several professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was assistant to the chairs of the Educational Administration Department and ultimately became the assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the Cooperative Extension Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tinglum, Trina Janet

Wisconsin State Journal

In 2012, she joined the faculty of the Legal Research and Writing Program at the UW Law School. Trina adored her students and dedicated herself to their professional development and their personal well-being.

Edelman, Ivy D.

Wisconsin State Journal

They joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin. Ivy was the first female Clinical Professor in Neurology.

Hill, Charles Graham “Charlie” Jr.

Wisconsin State Journal

Charlie joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Chemical Engineering-where he worked for the next 39 years. Throughout his tenure with the UW, Professor Hill was known as an outstanding teacher and mentor.

Morris, Ann E. (Richardson)

Wisconsin State Journal

Ann worked at UW-Madison College of Engineering for 40 years, retiring in 2007. She was Program Manager Emeritus in charge of the admission and advising of transfer students at the College of Engineering.

Michael Fleet Fitzsimmons

Wisconsin State Journal

A hard working man for 40 years, as a heat and frost insulator with Local 19, and UW Madison. His top priority was always providing for his family.

Marty, Lyle Witte

Wisconsin State Journal

Lyle worked in the Astronomy Department at UW-Madison, as an instrument maker for 25 years, starting in March 1964, and retiring in 1990, at age 67.

Houser, Dan

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1968 they moved to Madison, Wis., where he became Chief veterinarian and Head of Veterinary Services at the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center. He remained in that position for 27 years.

Collins, Denis

Wisconsin State Journal

He began his academic career in 1990 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Business and completed it at Edgewood College … At the time of his death, he was Professor Emeritus at Edgewood College School of Business and Visiting Professor at UW-Madison.

Foseid, Thomas “Tom”

Wisconsin State Journal

Tom was also honored several times by the Madison Police department during his career as the building manager at the UW Madison Chemistry building for multiple acts of heroics, being the first to respond in lab fires and saving lives in the process.

Bauer, Trisha

Wisconsin State Journal

Trisha loved her job at UW-Madison as a Human Resource Manager and all of the friends she worked with.