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Prof. David Dolan passed away unexpectedly June 18, 2013.

David was born on September 12,1949, in Detroit, MI, the son of David Lawrence Dolan and Rosemary (Lytle) Dolan. He grew up in Detroit with his six siblings and attended schools there.

David earned a B.S. in chemical engineering and M.S. in environmental engineering at Notre Dame University, an M.A. in statistics at the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in mathematics at MacMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He became a faculty member of the University Of Wisconsin–Green Bay in 1999, and a full professor in 2012. Prior to joining UW-Green Bay, he worked for many years as an environmental statistician for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the International Joint Commission. David’s primary focus was on the Great Lakes and his skills as a statistician contributed greatly to an understanding of the quality of their waters. He was the recipient of many awards during his tenure at UW-Green Bay and was an active member of the University Union. David thoroughly enjoyed teaching and it showed in the help he freely gave to many students, both graduate and undergraduate, with completing their projects and theses.

David was a quiet and thoughtful man, devoted to his wife and children. He was an avid bridge player and a fan of Notre Dame football and Detroit Red Wings hockey. He had discriminating taste in popular music. He also enjoyed Irish music, and was known to lift a pint of Guinness on occasion.

David is survived by his wife Mary, sons Andrew and Frederick, and four grandchildren, Ryan, Adrienne, Kiersten and Athena.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on June 28, 2013, at the Mauthe Center on the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay campus, beginning at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family plans to establish a graduate scholarship fund in David’s name through the International Association for Great Lakes Research, a scientific organization David belonged to and served in various positions, including the Board of Directors, since 1976. Checks made out to the association may be sent to 4840 S. State Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108, with “David Dolan Memorial Scholarship” indicated on the check.

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