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Category: Obituaries

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.

Kuczmarski, Thomas A.

Wisconsin State Journal

From 1969 to 1980, he was employed as a systems programmer at the University of Wisconsin’s Madison Academic Computing Center.

West, Richard Carroll

Wisconsin State Journal

Until his retirement, Richard was employed as the Senior Academic Librarian Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Laxova, Renata

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1975, she moved to Madison, Wis., where she joined the faculty at the UW Medical School. During her tenure, Renata made foundational contributions to the fields of medical genetics, human developmental disabilities, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis. She established the Statewide Genetic Services Network in Wisconsin, instituted the University of Wisconsin Master of Genetic Counselor Studies degree program, and advocated tirelessly for genetics services in Wisconsin and at the national level.

Survivor of Nazi genocide went on to become acclaimed geneticist at UW-Madison

Wisconsin State Journal

Renata Laxova died early Monday after a brief illness, according to her older daughter, Daniela Lax. She was 89. Laxova was a professor emeritus of genetics at UW-Madison, where she worked from 1975 until her retirement in 2003. Her long list of academic accomplishments on both sides of the Atlantic include establishing the first genetic counseling clinic in Europe and the first cytogenetics laboratory, and extensive work in genetics with children and the developmentally disabled, according to her curriculum vitae.

Short, Danny Robert

Wisconsin State Journal

Dan spent his entire career working for the University of Wisconsin Extension Service, primarily for Dodge County as the Livestock Specialist and farm financial analyst.

Berbee, Flora Mathilda

Wisconsin State Journal

Flora worked as a research assistant in Prof. Andrews’ lab, in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin. She took pride in supporting the research students and contributing to family income.

Bock, Orpha Alberta

Wisconsin State Journal

Orpha spent a few years teaching and providing in-home daycare services before her long-term employment at UW-Madison Registrar’s office, retiring in 1996.

Pound, Robert Arthur

Wisconsin State Journal

Bob was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves in 1968, worked throughout his years in Human Resources and became HR Director at the University Wisconsin Hospital, Madison.

Andresen, Robert C.

Wisconsin State Journal

He began working at UW–Madison in 1986, and his skills in leadership and administration grew as his work was recognized. At the time of his death, Bob was the Associate Director of Research and Sponsored Programs and Director of Research Financial Services.

Doyle, Susan E.

Wisconsin State Journal

Sue took a position at UW School of Medicine and Public Health where she worked with Allergy/Asthma research.

Bird, Robert Byron

Wisconsin State Journal

Bob received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, where he continued for over 60 years as a professor in the chemical engineering department and as Professor Emeritus after his retirement.

VandeBerg, Gale L.

Wisconsin State Journal

He was invited to join the Madison faculty in 1954, as the nation’s first CES Training Specialist. In 1956 he was awarded a Fellowship in the newly established National Center For Advanced Study in Extension Administration, sponsored by The W.K. Kellogg Foundation. There, in January of 1957, he was granted the nation’s first Ph.D. in extension administration.

Hershkowitz, Noah

Wisconsin State Journal

He was a Professor of Physics at the University of Iowa (1967-81), and a Visiting Professor at UCLA (1974-75) and the University of Colorado-Boulder (1980-81), before joining the University of Wisconsin faculty in 1981. He began his career in nuclear physics, but soon changed to plasma physics because “it looked like it would be more fun (and it was).” Not only did he make groundbreaking contributions to his chosen field, but he gained the respect and admiration of his colleagues, both as a physicist and a human being.

Smith, Hall Manks

Wisconsin State Journal

Hall transitioned to the Badger munitions factory in Baraboo, Wis., as a plant manager for two years, until finding his true career calling in human resources and management training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Wallsch, Doris

Wisconsin State Journal

Doris retired from the University of Wisconsin Law School after 26 years of service.

Olson, Clarence C.

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1961 he joined the University of Wisconsin Dairy Science Department as a leader of educational and training programs for the National Dairy Herd Improvement (DHIA) program. Under his leadership, participation by farmers increased to include well over half of all dairymen in the state, and average milk production per cow more than doubled.

Moon, Phyllis J.

Wisconsin State Journal

Her major accounting experience was 12 years as account examiner with the University of Wisconsin extension division.

Skiles, James J. “Jim”

Wisconsin State Journal

From 1954 until his retirement in 1989, Jim worked as a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was Chairman of the Department from 1967-72, Director of the University-Industry Research Program 1972-76, Wisconsin Electric Utilities Professor of Energy Engineering 1976-89, Director of the Energy Research Center 1976-89, and served on the Graduate School Research Committee.

Bray, John “Jack” W.

Wisconsin State Journal

He was employed as an engineer with Univac Sperry Rand, served aboard the U.S. Geophysical Polar Center ship and worked for the UW – Madison, retiring as a chemist from the Wisconsin Occupational Health Laboratory.

Luening, Dorothy Ellen Hodgskiss “Dottie”

Wisconsin State Journal

She moved to Madison in the early 1960s to work in the state Extension office and to complete a master’s degree in Home Economics Cooperative Extension. She is named on the “100 Women Wall” in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, honored for her outreach to Wisconsin communities through her work with University Extension.

Jackson, Susan Kay

Wisconsin State Journal

Sue worked for the University of Wisconsin Family Practice Program, scheduling residents for 15 years. She retired from on Dec. 30, 2009.

Fiegel, Robert W.

Wisconsin State Journal

Bob worked for the Vari-Typer Corp. and then the UW-Madison as an office machine repair man. If there was problem, he could fix it.

Coffman, Edward McKenzie

Wisconsin State Journal

Edward McKenzie Coffman, distinguished military historian and revered teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died on Sept. 16, 2020, at Thomson-Hood Veteran Center in Wilmore, Ky.

Felicia Campbell, Professor Who Studied Gambling and Pop Culture, Dies at 89

The New York Times

Ms. Campbell was born on April 18, 1931, in Cuba City, Wis. Her parents, Frank Churchill Florine, a pharmacist, and Irene (Bower) Florine ran Florine and Son’s Drugstore and Pharmacy, where their daughter worked as a soda jerk. After earning undergraduate and masters degrees in English at the University of Wisconsin, she joined the Marines because, she said later, she wanted to see if she could handle it.

Gibson, Chère Campbell

Wisconsin State Journal

In 1982 Chère worked as an academic planner in University of Wisconsin System Administration. In 1984 she left administration and joined the faculty of the Department of Continuing and Vocational Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Family Living Program Area in University of Wisconsin -Extension.

Felicia Campbell, Professor Who Studied Gambling and Pop Culture, Dies at 89

The New York Times

Ms. Campbell was born on April 18, 1931, in Cuba City, Wis. Her parents, Frank Churchill Florine, a pharmacist, and Irene (Bower) Florine ran Florine and Son’s Drugstore and Pharmacy, where their daughter worked as a soda jerk. After earning undergraduate and masters degrees in English at the University of Wisconsin, she joined the Marines because, she said later, she wanted to see if she could handle it.

Florence Howe, Feminist Press founder and women’s studies champion, dies at 91

The Washington Post

At 16, she entered the college itself, graduating in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in English. A professor there told her that women writers were “not important enough to study,” Ms. Howe later recalled, but also urged her on to graduate school. She received a master’s degree from Smith College the next year and studied for a PhD at the University of Wisconsin before dropping out at the insistence of her second husband.

Florence Howe, ‘Mother of Women’s Studies,’ Dies at 91

The New York Times

Her activist spirit was also ignited as a Hunter undergraduate. She formed an interracial and interfaith sorority with friends and was elected student body president. She studied English with the intention of teaching in the public school system, but was encouraged by a professor and Hunter’s president to pursue a master’s degree, which she earned at Smith College. In 1951 she went on to study for a doctorate in English at the University of Wisconsin.

Kelley, John “Joe”

Wisconsin State Journal

After a brief stint as Administrator of the Madison Agrigenetics Research Laboratory, he returned to the U.W. to administer the newly formed Biotechnology Center and then the Institute for Enzyme Research until his retirement in June 1992.

Hohneke, Donna King Thacker

Wisconsin State Journal

Donna was employed by the Records and Registration Office at the University of Wisconsin where she thoroughly enjoyed her time at the University.

Meyer, Gary “Butch”

Wisconsin State Journal

Butch worked for the State of Wisconsin at the University in the Registrar’s office until his retirement in 2000.

Dr. Seymour Schwartz, Who Wrote the Book on Surgery, Dies at 92

New York Times

A gifted actor in student productions at DeWitt Clinton High School, Sy was encouraged by his father to pursue a theatrical career, but decided to become a surgeon instead. Accepted by Yale but unable to afford the tuition, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin on a scholarship and completed his pre-med degree in two years.

LaCroix, Richard Lee

Wisconsin State Journal

Richard’s first position was a management role with UW-Extension at Ashland and Spooner Agricultural Research Stations. Thereafter, he served in Calumet and Fond du Lac counties as a Dairy Agent.

Baumgartner, Lawrence Edward

Wisconsin State Journal

Larry spent most of his working years at UW Madison. He started in the mail room and worked his way through many positions, because every few years he wanted something new and challenging. His last campus position was working in heating and cooling at Biotron Laboratories.

Clifton, Kelly Hardenbrook, Sr.

Wisconsin State Journal

After his PhD in Zoology/Endocrinology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (’55,) postdoctoral work in Boston was followed by a faculty position at the UW as a Professor of radiation biologist / cancer researcher in 1959, a job he held under various titles until his retirement in 1997.

Duchon, Gerald A.

Wisconsin State Journal

Gerald was Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the UW-Madison, retiring after 38 years in 1995.