Services Tuesday for Bob Schott, former employee and dairy farmer

Word has been received of the death Wednesday of Robert (Bob) Schott, the former longtime supervisor of custodial operations at UW-Green Bay and a “good neighbor” to campus from its earliest years.

Schott retired in March 1992, but is remembered to this day for his service to the institution and its development, and his unique involvement in growing the reputation of “Eco U.” At the time the Shorewood site was first developed in the late 1960s, Schott’s family operated a small dairy farm adjacent to the northeast corner of campus. They later sold part of their holdings to the Nature Conservancy and contributed to the further development of the Cofrin Arboretum in the 1990s. The Sager Tract, consisting of 20 acres just below the Niagara Escarpment ridge, is part of that land. Schott’s barn, still standing on private property near Champeau Road and Scottwood Drive, was literally a field site for UW-Green Bay science research during the institution’s first decade. Students designed and piloted what was believed to be among the first anaerobic digesters of its type to harness the energy value of methane from dairy waste; custodial supervisor Schott hosted dignitaries and visitors from around the world who were interested in seeing a demonstration of groundbreaking, hands-on student learning. Schott was also instrumental in coordinating the new institution’s early recycling programs.

Family and friends may call at the Pfotenhauer Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 2379 East Mason St., on Monday (Sept. 6) from 4 to 8 p.m. Visitation continues on Tuesday from 9:30 until the 10:30 a.m. funeral mass at St. Kilian Catholic Church, New Franken. Information is online at

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