Alumni Notes

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You can also share your memories and tributes of UW alumni who have passed in obituaries, including those who have died of COVID-19.

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  • South Shore Health Names Dr. Allen L. Smith Next President & CEO

    The South Shore Health Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Allen L. Smith, MD, MS will become its next president & chief executive officer. Dr. Smith, who joins South Shore Health on November 30th, most recently served as president of the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization (BWPO), a faculty practice plan for over 1,800 physicians.

  • Duane Kirking ’74 Receives American Pharmacists Association Award for Voluntary Contributions

    Duane M. Kirking, (BS. Pharmacy ’74), received the 2020 Hugo H. Schaefer Award recognizing an individual who has made outstanding voluntary contributions to society as well as to the profession of pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association. Kirking who is Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan was cited for his long-time service to and […]

  • Badgers Contributing in the Pandemic: Chris C. Taylor

    Chris C Taylor, 2014, jumped into action since the start of the pandemic. When everyone else was unsure of what to do with their time in quarantine, Chris took initiative right away, using his 3D printer to produce face shields and ear protectors for frontline workers, as part of Minnesota Maker Collective and ICUshieldsMN. They […]

  • State Bar of Arizona’s 2020 Member of the Year Award: Greg Gautam

    Greg Gautam was selected by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Arizona as the State Bar of Arizona’s 2020 Member of the Year Award.

  • John S. Toohey ’73; MD’77

    Recently retired as assistant dean for graduate medical education at the University Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. he also held the Laura B. Flawn Endowed Professorship and was an active family faculty member in the department orthopedic surgery until his retirement April 1, 2020.

  • 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.

  • UW Alumnus a White House Fellow: Travis Thul

    Travis Thul, MSEE 2006, has been selected as a 2020-2021 White House Fellow. Founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the […]

  • 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.

  • Donald E. Schroeder ’56

    Donald E. Schroeder, age 86, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was born November 15, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the son of Emil Carl Gustav Schroeder and Helene Adeline (Vollbrecht) Schroeder.

  • 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.