The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay mourns the loss of Prof. Emeritus Robert “Pummer” Pum, who passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at the age of 83. He retired in 1998 from teaching Art at UW-Green Bay but remained close to campus through Phoenix athletics, the University golf league, building bird houses for Shorewood Golf Course, and more.
Here is an excerpt from his obituary:
“While he was finishing his doctorate, he accepted a professorship and was one of the founding members of the UWGB art department in 1969, serving as art department chairman for two terms. He led university courses including drawing, two-dimensional design, art metals/jewelry, aesthetic foundations, arts in society, art education methods and independent art studies. He devoted much of his teaching to assisting the state’s next generation of art teachers, supervising the student-teaching assignments of UWGB students in the northeast Wisconsin public and private schools. Pum has exhibited his work nationally, regionally and locally in more than 150 juried art exhibits in 22 states. Known for his jewelry, drawing and mixed-media art, he was the recipient of numerous art awards, merit awards and purchase awards.”
Pum is survived by his wife, Jan (a long-tenured member of Green Bay Athletics, mainly as the University’s women’s tennis coach), and children. Friends may call on the family Friday, Dec. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Proko Wall Funeral Home on 1630 East Mason St. in Green Bay, WI, 54302. Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church on 501 Howe St. in Green Bay, WI, 54301, with the funeral service at 11 a.m. His full obituary is available.
The College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, along with the Office of International Education, mourn the passing of long-time University friend and supporter, Palmira Torre. Over the past few decades, Torre and her family hosted hundreds of UW-Green Bay Education students at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico during the student-teaching semester and/or study abroad course. Torre was known for her outstanding culinary skills and her nurturing and caring demeanor. She has touched so many lives at UW-Green Bay and will be greatly missed by those who knew her.
Retired UW-Green Bay faculty member, Robert “Bob” W. Lanz, 82, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. After receiving his doctorate, the family moved to Green Bay in 1969 where Lanz accepted a position as a professor at the newly-built UW-Green Bay. In addition to teaching, he started his own consulting engineering firm. He retired from UW-Green Bay in the early 1990s. Visitation is at Malcore (East) Funeral Home, 701 N. Baird Street, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 3 p.m. Please visit www.malcorefuneralhome.com to share a condolence with the family and to view the full obituary.
Beloved member of the Sheboygan Campus, longtime building maintenance supervisor, Bruce Edwards, passed away on Nov. 7, 2019. According to the wishes of his family, a private service will be held. Please see the obituary.
Members of the Green Bay Campus learned of the passing of Associate Lecturer Donald Drewiske, who passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 16, 2019. The lifelong educator taught both biology and math at UW-Green Bay. The De Pere native began his teaching career at Abbott Pennings High School, then working for the Oneida Tribe, and lastly UW-Green Bay, primarily teaching courses in Biology and Math. According to his obituary, “he loved to read, play with his dogs, try new recipes, go running, build furniture, garden, and complete crossword puzzles. He had recently begun to pursue his interest in painting and completed a large collection of
beautiful landscapes. Don enjoyed outdoor activities in every season, and was a great nature lover. He looked forward to family gatherings and was a proud husband and father.” Read the full obituary. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at Ryan Funeral Home, 305 N. Tenth Street, De Pere. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. with Deacon Mike Vander Bloomen presiding. Memorial donations made in his honor may be sent to Happily Ever After (heanokill.org) or the Human Biology Program Fund, UW-Green Bay Foundation, UW-Green Bay, Cofrin Library Suite 805, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311-7001.
Campus mourns the passing of Charles “Chuck” Wiseman, who passed away on August 30, 2019 at his home. Wiseman served as controller at UW-Green Bay for nearly 30 years, which, according to the obituary, “led him to having a second family in his colleagues and to being an avid Green Bay Phoenix sports fan.” He began his career on campus in 1971 as an account specialist and assumed the position as controller in 1977, retiring in January of 2006. In his role as controller, he provided professional support to administrators in the areas of accounting, budget preparation and monitoring, development of campus and UW-System policies and interpretation of state, federal and System policies. Wiseman was a longtime member of the University Golf League, serving as its treasurer for nearly four decades, and in 1986, was a founding member of the UW-Green Bay Women’s Basketball Cage Club—one of only a handful of women’s basketball booster clubs in the country at the time. He stayed on as the Club’s treasurer for 25 years.
He had this to say in his retirement letter. “I consider myself fortunate to have worked with and for some very considerate people in the 34 years I spent here. The campus has grown physically into one of the most beautiful campuses in the UW System. Our student population has grown to match the campus in size and quality… I will miss the people that make this University a great place to work and a valuable asset to Northeast Wisconsin.”
He is survived by his wife Roberta and his son Evan (Jessica) Wiseman. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Newcomer Funeral Home (340 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay, Wis., 54301) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. Read the full obituary.
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Campus was notified about the death of a current student, Trent Graubner, who passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019. He attended both the Green Bay and Manitowoc Campuses and was majoring in Art. His family is planning a celebration of life for August 31 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Henry Schuette Park in Manitowoc. See more.
UW-Green Bay alumna, and teacher in UW-Green Bay’s First Nations Studies program, Susan Daniels, passed away August 2, 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1994 in Social Change and Development (now Democracy and Justice Studies) and her Master’s in Applied Leadership in Teaching and Learning in 2014, both from UW-Green Bay. She was a member of the Oneida Nation, Bear Clan and held numerous positions working for the Tribe. She was an oral scholar for UW-Green Bay’s First Nations Studies program and taught a course on storytelling traditions. Daniels was preceded in death by her parents and husband and is survived by three daughters and their families. Services are this evening, Monday, August 5, 2019 and tomorrow, August 6, at the Oneida Nation Longhouse. See more.
He was the first editor of UW-Green Bay’s longstanding campus newspaper, The Fourth Estate, and he was named one of the University’s most distinguished alumni in 1990. Campus learned of the passing of Judge Patrick Madden (’71, Modernization Processes) last week. More on Madden in the UW-Green Bay book, “From the Beginning.”
According to the book, “The opening of the new campus in 1969 was ‘like Christmas’ for Madden and his friends. ‘I’d been in, on or around every one of the foundations and structures of those buildings as they were put up,’ Madden recalled. ‘It was as though we had a stake in every one of them. We’d go out and visit them like they were friends.”
There will be a memorial service held in his honor at the Iron County Courthouse on July 27, beginning at 10:44 a.m.Read Madden’s obituary.