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Wunderlin embodied University Housing’s values

August 15, 2017

Longtime University Apartments carpenter Bob Wunderlin passed away unexpectedly at work July 19 at the age of 60.

Colleagues remember Wunderlin as an amazing staff member who had a strong work ethic and truly embodied University Housing’s Core Values of care, optimism, creativity, excellence, respect, integrity and stewardship.

Photo: Bob Wunderlin

Bob Wunderlin

“Bob cared about both the residents he served and his work colleagues,” says Geb Lefeber, director of apartment facilities for University Apartments. “He enjoyed the time spent talking to people and really listening to them, often initiating those conversations.”

Wunderlin was known to his co-workers as optimistic and hopeful. He always greeted people with a warm hello and his infectious smile. He was never heard speaking negatively about anyone.

A carpenter by trade, Wunderlin held himself to a high standard and believed in doing things right the first time. He was creative with his approaches and always strived for excellence.

Mary Murray, an administrative support specialist who once worked for University Housing as a student employee, saw Wunderlin’s obituary online and reached out to her former colleagues to share how he had cared for her during a very difficult time in her life over 10 years ago.

“She said that he made an impact,” Lefeber says. “He was a man of integrity, trusted by his colleagues and residents alike.”

Photo: Aerial view of University Apartments

University Apartments serves UW–Madison graduate students, students with families, postdoctoral researchers, academic staff and faculty. It consists of Eagle Heights and University Houses, nestled in 83 acres of green space on the shoreline of Lake Mendota, and Harvey Street Apartments, just west of campus. University Communications

Wunderlin is remembered as a good steward of resident resources, staff resources and natural resources, and a master of finding ways to complete a project on a budget. He spoke lovingly of his role as a husband, father and grandfather.

Wunderlin was laid to rest in a peaceful, scenic cemetery in rural southwestern Wisconsin. Staff at University Apartments are grieving their loss and are grateful for having had him in their lives.