Tag Obituaries

Jim Martin made his mark in sports and law as player, coach, judge

August 6, 2019

Martin was an assistant coach for the UW football team from 1970 to 1974 and a student at UW Law School from 1974 to 1976. He went on to serve as a Madison city attorney and later as a respected jurist and strong advocate for equal justice.

Truman Lowe, acclaimed Ho-Chunk artist and professor emeritus, dies at 75

April 8, 2019

Lowe, whose works are deeply rooted in his Ho-Chunk heritage, was recognized as a master sculptor whose work bridged the traditional and contemporary, abstract and representational worlds of Native American fine art.

UW-Madison mourns renowned sociologist Erik Olin Wright

January 25, 2019

Wright was a giant in the field of contemporary Marxian sociology. He wrote 15 books and more than 100 research papers, many focused on class and capitalism.

Professor’s innovations changed how children learn math

August 14, 2018

Emeritus professor Tom Carpenter, whose student-centered ideas about teaching math to young children from all backgrounds and skill levels helped transform the field of mathematics education, died Aug. 7

Muhammad Memon, renowned Urdu scholar, dies at 79

June 21, 2018

Memon’s lifelong work was to raise the awareness of Urdu in the West through his scholarship and teaching, and by editing an influential Urdu journal.

Campus remembers graduate student Ian Santino

December 5, 2017

“Even as he was facing the many challenges of his illness, he went out of his way to befriend and support others,” his advisor says. “I will remember him always as a kind, caring person, an excellent TA who served as a mentor to many a talented scholar.”

Campus mourns loss of graduate student, advisor Colin Rohm, 26

November 28, 2017

UW­–Madison graduate student Colin Rohm is being remembered by his campus colleagues as a scholar of uncommon talent and wide-ranging passions who nurtured the intellectual curiosity of thousands of his fellow students as a gifted advisor.

Celebrating the life and legacy of Jackie DeWalt

November 22, 2017

Jacqueline A. DeWalt, long-time community and education advocate at UW–Madison, will be remembered for her dedication to preparing and helping under-represented students to succeed in higher education, graduate school, and well beyond into adulthood.

Renowned biochemical engineer Edwin N. Lightfoot passes away

October 9, 2017

Edwin Lightfoot, Hilldale Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, passed away Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at age 92.

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.