Campus mourns passing of one-time team physician and lifetime supporter, Dr. Jeremy Green

Campus mourns the passing of Dr. Jeremy Green, who passed away on January 10, 2021 just weeks shy of his 89th birthday. Dr. Green was a physician in the Green Bay Area, and served as a team physician for UW-Green Bay athletics. He and his wife Elizabeth, have been longtime supporters of UW-Green Bay.

According to his obituary, “Throughout his life, he was passionate about giving back to the profession and community that had been ‘so good to him and his family.’ He was an active volunteer with the Medical Societies of Brown County and the State of Wisconsin, the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and Botanical Gardens, the N.E.W. Community Clinic, and Scholarships Inc. He was a strong believer in the importance of higher education, and so he dedicated much time and energy to helping the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay become more vibrant and successful. He helped establish UWGB Health Services and served as an advisor for both health services and the College of Human Biology for many years. He even served as a team physician for the men’s basketball and soccer teams.

“He received numerous awards for service to his community and profession, from the UWGB Chancellor’s Award for Lifetime Service, to the State Medical Society’s Physician-Citizen of the Year Award, and countless honors in between.”

“At the time of his retirement from active practice in May 2017, he was Wisconsin’s longest serving physician, and had mentored countless doctors and nurses who hoped to emulate the extraordinary sense of compassion that was at the heart of his approach to health care.”

Funeral services for Jeremy Green will be private and limited to family due to COVID restrictions. Later this year, the Greens plan to celebrate his life with a ceremony that will be open to all friends and family, including his family and relatives around the world.

See the full obituary.

UW-Green Bay community mourns the loss of two members of the Phoenix Family

In the the past few days, UW-Green Bay learned of the passing of John Kuhlmann, longtime librarian for the Marinette Campus, and Sarah Schuetze, assistant professor of English and Humanities on the Green Bay campus. In a message to the campus community Sunday, Chancellor Mike Alexander noted, “This is a great loss to our university community and to their respective fields. Our students have lost respected mentors and we have lost not just colleagues, but friends.”

A visitation for John Kuhlmann, will be Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cadieu Funeral Home, 549 10th Ave, Menominee. Campus friends and family are invited to attend.  Masks are required. Please see the full obituary.

Plans honoring Sarah Schuetze have not yet been announced.

Members of the faculty and staff needing support are encouraged to reach out in the following ways:

  • The Employee Assistance Program is a free, confidential service which can provide grief support to you during this time. You have access to confidential, completely private, 24-hour, 7-days-a-week counseling and online services through Kepro EAP. You may contact Kepro by calling 833-539-7285 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or visiting Kepro’s website. (Username: SOWI).  You will need to create an account to access the EAP resources online. 
  • Please also feel free to contact Human Resources at 920-65-2390 or if you would like additional information or have any questions about the Employee Assistance Program.


Campus mourns passing of education faculty emeritus Phil Thompson

Phil Thompson, photo courtesy of University Archives

UW-Green Bay learned last week of the passing of Phil Thompson, and associate professor of Education, who served for more than two decades at UW-Green Bay. Thompson was a lifelong basketball fan, and a regular in the “noon ball” league at the Phoenix Sports Center. He also served as clock operator for GB men’s basketball games for many years.

No obituary was passed along to the Log.

Thompson joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1971 as an assistant professor in the Education program, focusing in the areas of English and language arts. In addition to his instructional duties, Thompson supervised numerous independent studies and student teachers throughout his tenure. He routinely shared his expertise regarding teaching, classrooms, and curriculum matters by speaking at professional conferences, leading teacher in-service training, and serving as a consultant for school districts across Wisconsin. He also co-authored and presented an innovative language and literature text for the Green Bay Area Public School District. Thompson was recognized for his endeavors in 1985 with the UW-Green Bay Founder’s Award for Excellence in Outreach. At the time of the award, it was noted he “exemplified the finest in the ranking of the profession at UWGB.” In 1988, Thompson was further honored with a nomination for Wisconsin’s state educator of the year award. Thompson retired from UW-Green Bay in 1997. Upon the conferring of emeritus status, it was stated the recognition was due to his “tireless work at creating the first education program at UW-Green Bay and shepherding it through its continuous development.”

Written in collaboration with University Archives and Area Research Center.

UW-Green Bay mourns loss of retired communication staff member Betty Griese

The UW-Green Bay campus mourns the loss of longtime staff member Betty Griese, who passed away on August 18, 2020. Griese worked as an editorial assistant in Office of University Communication, retiring on Dec. 21, 1993.

“Betty was a vibrant woman of wide-ranging interests and life-long friends. And, she was a true adventurer. Betty hiked many Appalachian Trail segments; built hiking trails and repaired fire-watch towers with summer crews in Idaho; guarded Florida beaches on turtle watch; viewed whales in Baja; photographed polar bears in Hudson Bay; toured Kenya on safari; and studied folk dancing in England! And all the while being a loving wife and mother!” according to her obituary.

UW-Green Bay mourns the passing of retired Professor Peter Smith

UW-Green Bay mourns the passing of retired professor, Peter Smith, who passed away on Oct. 13, 2020. His teaching career started at Louisiana State University as an assistant professor of Marketing and he retired from UW-Green Bay as an associate professor of Marketing. He inspired many through his lectures, clever anecdotes, mentoring, and scholarly contributions.

“Peter died a loved, brilliant man with conviction, integrity, and honor. A gentleman in every sense of the word. He had a heart of gold that few had the privilege of seeing. Many would describe him as charming, entertaining, witty with a fantastic sense of humor, that could make anyone smile,” according to his obituary.

A small, private memorial service will be held in Green Bay before Peter goes home to West Lafayette, Indiana.  See his obituary, here.

Campus mourns the loss of longtime supporter Jack Riopelle

UW-Green Bay learned of the passing of Jack Riopelle a successful businessman and long-time supporter of UW-Green Bay. Jack’s wife, Ginny Riopelle was one of the founders of the Phuture Phoenix program. The couple has a long history with UW-Green Bay, and together, they provided an endowed scholarship to the program, as they believed in “launching and lifting others.”  Former Chancellor Gary Miller presented the couple with the Green Bay Society Award at a recognition in November of 2016.

In a past feature story, Ginny was recognized as one of the University’s most successful volunteer fundraisers. She served as a past trustee and co-chaired a highly successful capital campaign. Jack was recognized for helping create connections for UWGB with area business leaders. Together, they supported a number of scholarships and endowments at UW-Green Bay.

Because of COVID restrictions, a celebration of Jack’s life will be held in June, 2021. In the interim, people should email condolences, photos, and memories to to be shared at the gathering in June. You can see a full obituary, here.

Campus mourns loss of retired faculty member Dennis Bryan

UW-Green Bay learned of the loss of Dennis Bryan, one of the original faculty members in UW-Green Bay’s Education program. Bryan passes away on August 21, 2020. He served as a professor for 27 years. Honoring his wishes, there was no public funeral services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Nature Conservancy. See the full obituary.

Campus mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus Tian You Hu

UW-Green Bay mourns the loss of UW-Green Bay Professor Emeritus Tian You Hu. He passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 after a battle with COVID-19. He was a Mathematics professor and served as former chair of the program. He retired from Natural and Applied Sciences in 2016 after 25 years of dedication and service to UW-Green Bay.

His daughter, Lori Hu, sent an update regarding his passing, memorial service and scholarship fund in his name:

“Dr. Tian You Hu, a loving father and husband, passed peacefully from this world on May 22, 2020 after a brave, month-long battle with COVID-19.  He was 71.

Prof. Emeritus Tian You Hu

Tian was born on Jan 23, 1949 in Enping, China. Following the Cultural Revolution in China, he studied at Zhongshan University and then completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. Tian was a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for over 25 years, from 1990 to his retirement in 2016. He was a lifelong scholar, read widely and was actively writing research papers up until his illness.

Tian was a simple man, and embodied gratitude and wisdom. He did not care for things like money or power, but treated everyone with respect regardless of their status in life and gave without expecting anything in return. He let things go, forgave easily and looked outward at life. He found great joy and honor in fatherhood, and made every sacrifice to give his children a better life. Like all immigrants, he survived grueling physical and mental challenges to come to the U.S. and provide for his family, and achieved a life beyond his wildest dreams.

He is reunited with his father, Hu Jie Yu; mother, Zheng Feng Chun; and elder brother, Hu Tian Xi. He is survived and missed by his wife of 37 years, Bao Qin He; eldest daughter, Lori Hu; and youngest son, Alex Hu.

In his memory, the Dr. Tian You Hu Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been established to support aspiring students at UW-Green Bay.”

Online donations can be made to the GoFundMe account, Tax-deductible donations can be made with a check payable to:

UW-Green Bay Foundation
2420 Nicolet Drive
Cofrin Library Suite 805
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001

Please note the Dr. Tian You Hu Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Send online condolences through Facebook.

A memorial service will be held over Zoom on Thursday May 28, 2020 for family, friends and colleagues to share their memories. Immediate family will be present at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54302.

Meeting ID: 858 1910 8325

Password: 7UR38K

  • Chinese portion: 10 a.m. Central Time / 11 p.m. China Time
  • English portion: 1 p.m. Central Time


UW-Green Bay mourns loss of longtime public safety officer, Richard ‘Jay’ Jameson

Richard “Jay” Jameson, a security officer and former director of Security and Safety at UW-Green Bay, passed away. He worked at UW-Green Bay from 1969 until his retirement in 1993. Visitation and service will be Saturday, Feb. 8 at Blaney Funeral Home on Shawano Ave. See the full obituary.

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