In Memoriam

Many extraordinary people have worked over the years to make the UW-Madison Department of Chemistry the great success it is today. Here we celebrate the memory of our badger alumni and friends.

This listing currently includes those who have passed away in 2017-18. We have limited information in some of the entries. If you would like to add any content or entries, please email the text, as well as the name of the deceased and a link to their obituary online to

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Class of 1939

  • Fred Kummerow (10/04/1914 – 05/31/2017)
    1939 BS in Chemistry; 1941 MS in Biochemistry; 1944 Ph.D. in Biochemistry
    Obituary article available from the New York Times
    Dr. Kummerow was a biochemist focused on the health hazards of trans-fatty acids in processed foods. He died at his home in Urbana, Ill at the age of 102.

Class of 1942

  • Robert (Bob) Elbert Burks, Jr. (08/24/1917 – 11/07/2017)
    1942 MS in Chemistry; 1948 Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Birmingham News (Alabama), 11/12/2017
    Dr. Robert (Bob) Elbert Burks, Jr. and his wife Mary pioneered the Alabama environmental movement by helping found what is now the Alabama Environmental Council. Bob worked as a research chemist for Southern Research Institute, and taught Polymer Science at the University of Mississippi in Hattiesburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Bob to the Alabama Environmental Council.

Class of 1944

  • Roswell Ruka (01/23/1923 – 12/31/2019)
    1944 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Roswell worked for decades, first at Westinghouse Electric, then Siemens, as a research chemist, inventing and perfecting fuel cell generators and other electrochemical systems.
  • Stanley Mirviss (09/15/1922 – 04/28/2019)
    1944 BS in Biological Sciences and Chemistry; 1951 Ph.D. (McElvain) in Biological Sciences and Chemistry
    Obituary from
    Read more about Stanley Mirviss and his wife, Ina, and their lasting impact on the UW–Madison community.

Class of 1945

  • Margaret Mae (Peggy) Rendall (12/6/1923-02/21/2017)
    1945 BA in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from The Journal Times, Racine, WI
    Peggy received her Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Madison and worked as a research chemist at Johnson’s Wax for 40 years.
  • Gilbert Stork (10/21/2017)
    1945 Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from C&E News
    Gilbert was Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Columbia University and published papers up until his death at age 95.

Class of 1948

  • Alvin Frisque (01/27/1923 – 01/18/2017)
    1948 BS in Chemistry; 1954 Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from The Chicago Tribune
    Dr. Frisque joined the Army Air Corps, worked on a team that received numerous patents, spend time with Standard Oil in Indiana, and rounded out the remainder of his career at Nalco Chemical Company, until his retirement in 1985.
  • Margaret (Maggie) J. Grant (06/14/2017)
    1948 MA in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Delaware Online
    Maggie was married to her beloved husband and high school sweetheart, Dave, until his death in 2015. She worked as a chemist until her son Duncan was born in 1950.
  • James (Charlie) Nichol (04/06/1922 – 06/20/2017)
    1948 Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Duluth News Tribune
    Charlie did his post doctorate work at Yale University for one year. He loved teaching, reading and learning. He was a 70-year member of the American Chemical Society, and 50-year member of the Royal Chemical Society.

Class of 1949

  • Richard James Boomer (10/19/1923 – 04/05/2017)
    1949 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from
    Richard served in the US Navy during WWII  and during the Korean Conflict. Richard worked at Abbott Laboratories until he retired in 1986.
  • Wilbur A.G. Voss (09/10/1926 – 10/31/2017)
    1949 BS in Chemistry; 1957 BS in Pharmacy
    Complete Obituary from Post Crescent
    Wilbur received two bachelor’s degrees from UW-Madison, then became a Registered Pharmacist in 1958 and retired in 1988.
  • Jean Thomas (11/16/1927 – 02/28/2018)
    1949 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Clancy-Gernon Funeral Homes
    Chemistry Course “Obituary for Jean V. Thomas
    Jean wanted to be a chemist after receiving a chemistry set in grade school. She fought the idea that chemistry was not a field for women, graduating Magna cum Laude with a BS in chemistry and minors in mathematics and languages.
    She published papers, worked as a quality control chemist at Armour & Company in Chicago, co-founded PENTEX Incorporated and worked for Miles Scientific. She received numerous honors, including Who’s Who Among American Women (1966), and was on numerous boards.
  • Arthur James (Art) Lueptow (07/06/1924 – 04/14/2017)
    1949 BS in Chemistry; 1950 MS in Biochemistry
    Complete Obituary from Memorial Park Funeral Homes
    Art was a World War II veteran, earning the Bronze Star Medal.
  • John Neptune (04/14/2017)
    1949 MS in Chemistry; 1952 Ph.D
    Memorial Post from San Jose State University
    Worked as part of the Manhattan Project after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Muskingum University. He then UW-Madison, where he received his Ph.D. He most recently served as professor emeritus at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA, where he worked for 52 years.
  • Evelyn Barg (07/06/1924 – 04/14/2017)
    1949 BS in Biological Sciences and Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from The Miner
    Evelyn’s interests included attending church activities, spending time with her family, traveling and spending time at her family’s camp at Lorton Lake.

Class of 1950

  • Ruth Meyer Polin (06/29/2017 – 12/15/1917)
    1950 MS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Estes-Leadley Funeral Home
    Ruth was a research chemist, taught chemistry at several schools, including Michigan State University, and was a reading specialist with The Institute for Research on Teaching. She also received an M.A. in Reading from MSU in 1981.
  • Darwin Lyell Mayfield (02/22/1920 – 04/29/2017)
    1950 Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from the UW-Madison Alumni Association
    During World War II, Darwin worked on the Manhattan Project. He later taught chemistry at the University of Idaho, Moscow, in Bangkok, Thailand and organic chemistry at California State University, Long Beach, until retirement in 1990. After retirement, he continued to teach classes, which included a Paws and Jaws elementary school biology course and a pre-freshman course at CSULB.
  • William B. Dickinson (1/20/1926 – 1/28/2019)
    1950 Ph.D. in organic chemistry (McElvain)
    Complete Obituary from

    Bill was from Norfolk, VA. He attended Emory University for his B.A. (1946) and M.S. (1947), before obtaining his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at UW-Madison. He worked for the Sterling-Winthrop Research Institute in Rensselaer, NY as a senior chemist and retired in 1988. He was elected to the New York Academy of Sciences in 1963, authored several scientific articles, and received 35 U.S. and foreign patents. He was active in church, played tennis, roller skates, and danced. His love for organic chemistry inspired him to create fellowships for students attending Emory and UW-Madison to study the subject as graduate students.

Class of 1951

  • Irving I. Domsky (09/02/2017)
    1951 BS in Chemistry; 1958 Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from The Chicago Tribune
    Irving worked as a lab director of Allied Laboratories Ltd. in Villa Park.
  • Robert A. Keller (10/14/27 – 01/31/2018)
    1951 BS in Chemistry; 1958 M.D.
    Complete Obituary from The Sheboygan Press
    Robert worked as an organic chemist at Merck Pharmaceutical prior to attending medical school. He was a charter member of the American Board of Family Medicine and worked at the Sheboygan Clinic until his retirement in 1990. He was a volunteer, loved to travel and enjoyed riding bicycles.
  • George S. Robbins (04/18/1925 – 05/22/2017)
    1951 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Cress Funeral Service
    George was a chemist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for more than four decades. He loved to travel, spend time outside and ride his bike.
  • Harry John Krall (09/29/1924 – 07/24/2017)
    1951 MS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York)
    Harry served in the U.S. Army during World War II, worked for Eastman Kodak and Memorex and authored six patents for film production methods. He retired in 1990 and spent time traveling.
  • Harold Schick (11/26/2017)
    1951 Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • Robert Harris (08/19/2017)
    1951 Ph.D. in Chemistry

Class of 1952

  • James Hornig (1929 – 06/12/2017)
    1952 MS in Chemistry; 1955 Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Valley News
    James completed a year of post-doctoral research in Germany, worked for DuPont, then as a professor and dean. He retired in 1997, and worked with the Hanover Planning Board and Hanover Conservancy.
  • Howard Benedict Palmer (07/10/1925 – 01/19/2017)
    1952 Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Koch Funeral Home
    Obituary also available from
    Howard served as an electronics technician in the Navy, then attended UW–Madison, and researched at the Naval Research Laboratory under Prof. J. o. Hirschfelder. He also worked as a teacher, researcher, professor, department head, dean, editor, consultant and musician. He taught and managed 35 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and published 120 times.

Class of 1953

  • Robert Searls (05/06/2017)
    1953 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from The Daily Progress
    Robert served in the U.S. Army, then earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from UC-Berkeley. He worked as a researcher in embryology, a teacher, and retired in 1998.
  • William John Maeck (05/18/1929 – 02/13/2018)
    1953 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from The Post Register
    William majored in chemistry under Dr. Farington Daniels, spent two years in the U.S. Army Chemical Corp in Nevada and worked for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission Laboratory. He loved the outdoors, traveling and dog training. He retired in 1984.

Class of 1954

  • Richard Steil Berger (10/11/2017)
    1954 MS in Chemistry; 1954 Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from The Greenville News
    Richard served for two years in the pharmaceutical chemistry branch of the U.S. Army, worked for Shell Oil and Phillips Fibers Corp. He volunteered with Alliance for Quality Education, Greenville Faith Communities United, and Character Matters.

Class of 1955

  • Maurice Shamma (02/24/2018)
    1955 Ph.D. in Chemistry

Class of 1956

  • Willis Waite (04/7/1925 – 10/05/2017)
    1956 MA in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Logan Herald Journal
    Willis received his BA from Brigham Young University in 1947, MA from UW-Madison in 1956, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1966.

Class of 1957

  • Kenneth Schulz (02/18/2018)
    1957 BS in Chemistry
  • Russell Kriese (03/03/2017)
    1957 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Russell was a member of the American Chemical Society, research chemist in metals and mining, and an Avon Products Quality Control Engineer. He worked for Armco Steel, Abbott Laboratories International, Nickel and Avon Products, until his retirement in June 1995.
  • Thomas Clarence Ehlert (07/01/1931 – 11/06/2017)
    1957 BS in Chemistry; 1958 MS in Chemistry; 1963 Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from The Milwaukee Sentinel Journal
    Thomas served in the U.S. Army as a guided missile maintenance specialist. He later became a chemist and professor, who identified the melting point of Uranium Dioxide. He loved genealogy, history, volunteering.
  • Richard Charles Gueldner (04/10/2017)
    1957 BS in Chemistry
    Richard earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Iowa, worked at G.D. Searle, General Electric, for the USDA, and with Johnson and Johnson. His work helped control the cotton destroying boll weevil and protect corn and tobacco crops. He earned patents and published numerous papers. He loved to travel, fish, farm, listen to music and admire art.
  • Shirley Bach (11/22/1931 – 02/13 /2018)
    1957 Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Kalamazoo Gazette
    Shirley was a chemist with an interest in medical ethics, which she taught at Western Michigan University. She helped plan WMU’s Homer Stryker School of Medicine in Kalamazoo. She loved to travel and enjoy music.

Class of 1960

  • William James “Bill” Connors (06/15/1938-03/30/2020)
    1960 BS in Chemistry, 1981 J.D. from UW-Madison
    Complete Obituary from
    Bill went on to also earn an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Delaware, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Washington, and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He was a research assistant to Nobel Prize laureate Har Gobind Khorana, a patent lawyer for Nicolet Instruments, Lubrizol and Grand Metropolitan and designed and built a house on Quinn Circle for his family.
  • Richard James Hartl (05/02/1937 – 11/12/2018)
    1960 in Chemical Engineering
    Complete Obituary from
    He worked for Monsanto Chemical Company, General Electric and Fasson, a division of Avery International, Avery International, and Calmar Dispensing Systems. He retired in 1998, after years as a mentor, helping people achieve their full potential. Dick was generous with his time, giving it to the causes that mattered most to him, including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, SCORE OC and the San Juan Capistrano Utilities Commission. His intense interest in education led he and Joan to establish scholarships for students attending St. Mary’s Central High School in Appleton, Wisconsin and for graduates attending the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers, he was especially proud to be a non-voting shareholder. Along with Badger and Packer football, he loved his planes, boats and HAM radio, hiking, bridge and all things tech related.

Class of 1961

  • Kenneth Edmund Dempsky (02/18/2018)
    1961 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from The News Times
    Kenneth worked at SC Johnson, Hercules, Ciba-Energy, Reichhold Chemicals and his company, K&S Industries. Ken loved to fish and ski.
  • Howard William Whitlock (05/02/1936 – 01/27/2017)
    1961 Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Cress Funeral Home
    Howard studied under Professor William S. Johnson, writing his thesis, Approaches to the Synthesis of the Alkaloid Veratramine. He worked in research, publishing more than 90 times, taught, and worked on computerized organic synthesis. He enjoyed nature, biking, camping, canoeing, gardening, woodworking, and helping preserve Kettle Pond Conservation Park.

Class of 1962

  • Marian (Mira) Elez (06/19/2017)
    1962 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Mira lived her entire life with an internal positive light and the selfless goal of bringing joy to the lives of others.
  • Donna Seiler Estry (11/12/2017)
    1962 BS in Chemistry; 1963 MS in Library & Information Studies
    Complete Obituary from the Green Bay Press-Gazette
    Donna loved science, Sunday School, reading, travel and music. She served as head of Kimberly-Clark’s Research and Engineering Library and Ford Motor Research Library.
  • James Gross (01/09/2017)
    1962 MS in Chemistry
  • Paul Kropp (06/29/1935 – 06/05/2020)
    1962 Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (Johnson)
    Complete Obituary from
    Paul worked at Proctor & Gamble as a Research Chemist before becoming a professor at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He loved mentoring students, won numerous awards for his teaching and helped in the formation of the Applied Sciences program at UNC.


Class of 1963

  • Bill Suits (03/03/1930 – 04/09/2020)
    1963 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from the American Chemical Society
    Bill worked at UW-Madison managing the medical science lab and biophysics lab. Bill was an active member of the American Chemical Society North Jersey Section, working as a mentor for high school students in the ACS Project SEED program and an ACS career consultant.

Class of 1964

  • Phil Kammerer (04/25/1942 – 04/15/2017)
    1964 BS in Chemistry; 1967 MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Complete Obituary from Cress Funeral Home
    Phil loved the outdoors, hiking, boating, biking, rowing, travel, volunteering, and cooking. He worked as a water chemist with the USGS.
  • Marv Lang (07/01/1939 – 03/23/2019)
    1964 MS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Stevens Point News
    Marv was involved in the ACS Central Wisconsin Section for many years. He received many awards and recognitions for his contributions to chemical education, such as his election to “Corresponding Member of the Finnish Chemical Society.” Marv also loved to fish and trace his ancestry.

Class of 1965

  • Ching-Yuan Tseng (04/06/2017)
    1965 Ph.D. in Chemistry

Class of 1966

  • Edwin Ed Vedejs (01/31/1941 – 12/02/2017)
    Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Cress Funeral Homes
    Ed was an organic chemistry professor at UW–Madison and UM-Ann Arbor, who published and edited hundreds of papers and books. He received the Moses Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Chemistry Chair, and the Edwin Vedejs Collegiate Professor of Chemistry Chair was established in his honor. He won numerous awards, fellowships, and honors. He played classical guitar, loved nature, skiing, camping, biking, and traveling.
  • John Bade (08/30/1944 – 04/08/2017)
    1966 BS in Chemistry; 1967 MS in Materials Science and Engineering
    Complete Obituary from
    John worked for Bock Laboratories as senior facilities engineer for 37 years. He enjoyed restoring old cars, Packers games, gardening, and rescue pets.

Class of 1967

  • John D. Corcoran Jr. (4/26/1940-3/24/2019)
    Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from The St. Joseph News-Press
    John attended St. Louis University and University of Wisconsin-Madison, which he followed with an Executive Masters in Business Administration from The Carlton School of Business, University of Minnesota. During his research career, he worked on food additives, ultraviolet curable coatings, new polyurethane, and pharmaceuticals. He retired in 2005 to Cookeville, Tennessee. He was an emeritus member of the American Chemical Society with more than 50 years of service.
  • Jeffrey Paul Davis, MD (08/22/1945 – 01/16/2018)
    BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Channel 3000
    Jeff served as Chief Medical Officer for Communicable Diseases, as Wisconsin State Epidemiologist, and as Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health Sciences at the UW-School of Medicine and Public Health. He worked to improve public health, identifying toxic shock syndrome, Lyme disease, a Cryptosporidium outbreak, and other public health issues in the state. Jeff loved sports, music, travel and his dog, Bodhi.

Class of 1969

  • Allan H. Olson (9/18/1938 – 1/8/2019)
    1969 Ph.D. in Chemistry (Whitlock)
    Allan received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Columbia University in 1963 before he moved to Madison to pursue his Ph.D. in chemistry under Howard Whitlock. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol R. Olson (B.A. 1965), two daughters, Kristin M. Olson and Jane A. Olson, three grandchildren (Julia Olson, Anya Olson, and Benjamin Olson Jedlicka) one sister and two nephews.

Class of 1971

  • Karen Elizabeth Bartelt (05/05/1949 – 11/21/2018)
    1971 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Mason Funeral Homes
    During her professional career, Karen taught chemistry and other science-related courses at Eureka College, Illinois State University, Bradley University and Illinois Central College. She was an advocate for logic, reason and critical thinking. She loved to travel and photograph nature.

Class of 1973

  • Michael Thomas Elliott (02/21/1951 – 01/12/2017)
    1973 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from IndyStar
    Mike loved to volunteer and bicycle.

Class of 1974

  • Bruce Ripley Clark (08/27/1941 – 03/18/2019)
    1974 Ph.D. in Chemistry (Evans)
    Complete Obituary from
    After Bruce received his Masters from Stanford University, he volunteered with the Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa. Then, after graduating from UW–Madison, he worked in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as an Analytical Chemist. During his summers, he fulfilled his dream of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

Class of 1985

  • Daniel Turluck (03/08/1958 – 06/26/2017)
    1985 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from
    Daniel worked as a Pharmaceutical Research Chemist, most recently at MPI Research, Inc. of Mattawan, MI. He loved home improvement, sports, and craft beer.
  • Karen Linzmeier (12/12/1962 – 03/30/2020)
    1985 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from
    Karen taught chemistry at Wheeling High School in the Chicago suburbs. She was an avid Wisconsin Badgers sports fan, especially basketball and football.

Class of 1988

  • George William Headley (08/08/1963 – 11/20/2017)
    1988 MS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from
    George was a software engineer, businessman, and conservationist who was deeply loved by his family and friends.
  • Marietta Haeg Schwartz (09/22/1961 – 09/06/2017)
    1988 Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from the Boston Globe
    Marietta worked at the University of Massachusetts-Boston as an assistant professor in the chemistry department, director of the Student Services Center,  as associate dean in the College of Science and Math, and as co-director of the UTeach Program. She loved chemistry and believed in supporting women in learning the discipline. She was an avid reader, fan of sports, and an active volunteer who cared about the well-being of others.

Class of 1990

  • Jenifer Heydinger Galante (1963 – 08/07/2019)
    1990 Ph.D. in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from Oakland Memorial Home
    Jenifer was employed as a senior research manager at Stepan Company in Maywood, NJ for 26 years.  She is the author of numerous patents, publications, presentations and book chapters in the field of food supplement chemistry.

Class of 1996

  • Alex John Blohowiak (07/24/1973 – 01/17/2020)
    1996 BS in Chemistry
    Complete Obituary from
    Alex worked for the Madison Metropolitan School District. He loved coaching his sons and other children in youth baseball and basketball programs.

Class of 1997

  • Dafni Amirsakis (07/19/72 – 05/24/2016)
    Complete Obituary from UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    1997 BS in Chemistry and Psychology
    Dafni was a staff scientist in the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, who researched supramolecular chemistry. She was an avid exerciser and a musician, who played several instruments and created four albums.

Class of 2009

  • Patrick R. Menden (03/17/1985 – 10/24/2017)
    2009 BS in Chemistry; 2009 BS in Biochemistry; 2013 MS in Cancer Biology
    Complete Obituary from the Herald Times Reporter
    Patrick worked in cancer research and at the Interstate Blood Bank. He served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He loved to cook, play games, and spend time with his wife, Sara.

Class of 2016

  • Joseph Edward “Joe” Kraft (05/19/1995 – 07/13/2019)
    2016 BS in Chemistry; 2016 BS in Biological Sciences
    Complete Obituary from Schmidt & Bartelt
    Joe loved being with family and friends, and his interests included rock climbing, snowboarding, waterskiing and more.

Department of Chemistry Faculty & Staff

  • Irving Shain (03/06/2018)
    1952 Joined UW-Madison Department of Chemistry as faculty
    1967 Chair Department of Chemistry
    1970 Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UW-Madison
    1977 Chancellor of UW-Madison
    1987 Retired from UW-Madison
    Complete Obituary from the Cress Funeral Service
    Irving earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Washington. He was an avid researcher and understood the importance of science. He was instrumental in the development of many programs at the university and the Department of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry’s 2006 building addition bears his name, as does an endowed chair, offered by family and friends in 2016. He also worked as vice president of Research and Development and a member of the Board of Directors for Olin Corporation. He loved to read, travel and enjoy classical music. Memorial donations can be made to the University of Wisconsin Foundation 1848 University Avenue, Madison WI 53726, or online here, to support the Irv Shain Memorial Fund for Chemistry. All donations support the new Chemistry Department Building Fund, a project that is critical for UW-Madison.

Department of Chemistry Friends

  • Harold F. Deutsch (09/02/1918 – 06/12/2017)
    Complete Obituary from
    Harold, a supporter and friend of the Department of Chemistry, received his bachelor’s degree at UW-Madison in bacteriology in 1940 and his Ph.D. from the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health in 1944 in physiology and physiological chemistry. He studied blood plasma proteins with the Office of Naval Research, was a professor at the UW-Madison Medical School and worked in the Department of Physiological Chemistry (now Molecular Biology).
  • Margret (Maggie) J. Geselbracht (09/11/2014)
    UW-Madison Department of Chemistry Postdoc until 1992
    Complete Obituary from Reed College
    Maggie attended Notre Dame and Berkeley, worked as a postdoc in the Department of Chemistry at UW–Madison and eventually landed at Reed College, where she was the first woman to receive tenure in her department. She published materials about science’s relation to the general chemistry curriculum and mentored many women in chemistry. She was the first professor at her college to receive an NSF career grant. She loved to mentor students, helping them present at ACS. She also enjoyed playing the piano, cooking, hiking with her dogs, and quilting.
  • Bruce Swanson (09/23/1943 – 03/02/2018)
    Complete Obituary from Channel 3000
    Bruce attended a UW-Madison graduate program to become a high school chemistry teacher, then taught for decades. He loved sports, the daily crossword, and time with friends and family.
  • Ina Mirviss (05/07/1926 – 04/16/2020)
    1949 MS in Agricultural Life Sciences, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry
    Obituary from
    Read more about Ina Mirviss and her husband, Stanley, and their lasting impact on the UW–Madison community.