Tag Obituaries

Charles Bentley, pioneering UW–Madison glaciologist, dies

August 23, 2017

Bentley was among the first scientists to measure the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the late 1950s. His findings resonate today as marine ice sheets are particularly vulnerable to melting and collapse in climate change scenarios.

In Memoriam: “Band Mom” Phyllis Leckrone

August 8, 2017

Leckrone served as “band mom” to thousands of marching band students with care, dedication and support.

Trailblazing African history scholar Jan Vansina dies

February 14, 2017

Vansina's work led to acceptance in the academic world of oral traditions as valid sources of history, countering the once-prevalent attitude that cultures without texts had no history.

Colleagues remember Liz Beyler Kraak

February 14, 2017

Liz Beyler Kraak, 69, a former UW–Madison broadcast and university relations specialist, died Feb. 9 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Legendary UW men’s hockey coach Jeff Sauer passes away

February 2, 2017

Sauer led the Badgers to 489 victories, the most victories for a UW coach in any sport. He guided Wisconsin to the 1983 and 1990 NCAA titles.

Hugh Iltis, UW’s ‘battling botanist,’ dies at 91

December 30, 2016

Passionate, articulate and informed, Iltis was opinionated, sometimes argumentative, but always a fearless defender of the natural world he revered.

Emeritus Professor Jack Fowler, pioneer in radiation biology, dies at 91

December 8, 2016

A physicist by training, Fowler gradually shifted his research emphasis and is considered one of the founders of modern radiation biology.

Paul Peercy, longtime engineering dean, passes away

October 21, 2016

Peercy focused on interdisciplinary experiences, innovations in teaching, and hands-on work that connected the technical aspects of engineering with real challenges facing society.

Joan Sweeney ‘cared deeply about helping students’

September 28, 2016

Joan Sweeney worked in the Work-Study office for more than 40 years, touching generations of students with her advocacy, advice and good humor.

Mara McDonald, ‘quintessential boundary crosser,’ dies at 68

July 14, 2016

Although the longtime assistant administrator in the Laboratory of Genetics and J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution retired from the university last year, she continued to touch lives.

In memoriam: Peggy Leister

June 21, 2016

She served as an administrative professional in numerous departments during her 34 years at the university before retiring on April 4.

Colleagues, students remember journalism professor Baughman

March 29, 2016

“He was his own man,” says friend and colleague Donald Downs. “Isn’t that what a college education is supposed to instill?”

UW-Madison alumna and women’s financial equality advocate dies

February 8, 2016

Lorna Jorgenson Wendt gained national fame in 1996 as a pioneer in the quest for equality before, during and after marriage.

Carillon bells will play Friday in remembrance

May 6, 2015

The campus will remember University of Wisconsin–Madison students who passed away during the past summer and academic year 2014-15 during a brief ceremony on Friday, May 8 at 1 p.m. at the Carillon Tower.