Dr. Denise Decker Obituary

Sadly, long-time friend and change-agent, Denise Decker, passed away on November 4, 2020. Denise was a member of the Partners International Board of Directors and a member of our District of Columbia and Virginia Chapters. Denise began her work with Partners of the Americas in the 1980s, when she was a Disaster Assistance Officer for USAID. She then held an International Fellowship with Partners in which she wrote and implemented workshops to teach independent living skills to people with disabilities living in Brasilia, Brazil.

Research Scientist and Professor Clyde R Burnett Has Died

Clyde Ray Burnett died peacefully in his mountain home near Rollinsville, Colorado on May 27, 2020, after a short illness. Clyde was born on December 23, 1923 in Rudd, Iowa and was raised on a farm near Nora Springs, Iowa. He attended Rudd High School and then enrolled in the University of Upper Iowa. He interrupted his academic work in order to join the World War II effort. He entered the meteorology training program at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After completing his training, he became a commissioned officer with the 8th weather squadron of the Army Air Corps and flew 41 missions (1700 hours) across the North Atlantic as the meteorologist and weather reconnaissance officer on board.

Joseph Anton Nyiri ’59, MA’61

Joe Nyiri (83) passed away October 27, 2020. Joe was a teacher/art consultant with the San Diego Unified School District and was an art instructor at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and at local public libraries for over 45 years. He was represented by Orr’s Gallery in San Diego and exhibited world-wide. He made a name for himself in the local art scene as he created Modernist inventive metal sculptures. He earned a reputation as one of the area’s top sculptors.

Professor Sybil Robinson’s 1971 Acting Class Reunites for a Zoom Reading: Liz Fentress, Paul Niebauer, Suzanne Sturn, K.C. Kelly

Liz (Bussey) Fentress (B.A., Communication Arts and Theatre, 1974), Br. Paul Vincent Niebauer (B.S.E., Education and Theatre & Drama, 1975), Suzanne Sturn (B.A., Theatre & Drama, 1974; M.A., Theatre & Drama, 1976), and K.C. Kelly, four Wisconsin natives, met in Professor Sybil Robinson’s acting class in 1971, the last year Theatre & Drama was in Bascom Hall before moving to the then-brand-new Communication Arts Building.

Birth of Future Badger: Rebecca LeMoine

Rebecca LeMoine (Political Science MA ’10, PhD ’14) and husband Matthew Taylor welcomed their first child, Bernard Alan Taylor, in June of 2020.

fivebyfive awarded Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, with UW-Madison alum Laura Lentz, flutist

Rochester-based chamber music ensemble fivebyfive has just been awarded one of only fifteen grants distributed nationwide by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program.

Vincent Burns ’94 Retires after 25+ Years in Publishing

Burns, Vice President, Editorial, is retiring in September 2020 from ABC-CLIO in Santa Barbara, California, after 15+ years with the company and 25+ years in print and digital publishing.

Obituary: Stuart Friebert MA’53, PhD’58

Stuart Friebert died peacefully in his sleep at Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, in the early morning of Tuesday, June 23rd, due to the aftereffects of a fall.

Steven James Ourada Honored with the National Archives Lifetime Achievement Award

On May 6th Steven James Ourada was honored by the Archivist of the United States for 25 years of outstanding service and leadership at the Federal Records Center Program and the National Archives and Records Center Steven has provided unparalleled leadership, increased operational efficiency and mentored generations of NARA staff.

Brenda Williams, PLA, ASLA, Honored with Wisconsin ASLA Lifetime Achievement Award

Brenda Williams, PLA, ASLA, a principal with Quinn Evans, has been honored by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) with its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. A leader in the preservation of cultural landscapes, Williams’ career has focused on historic landscapes, where she has championed the conservation, adaptation, and stewardship of culturally significant sites.