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UWSP | Alumnus - In Memoriam Faculty and Staff

In Memoriam - Faculty & Staff, Fall 2012

The UWSP Alumni Association has been notified of the following deaths of UWSP faculty and staff members:

Robert Hille 

Robert Hille, associate professor emeritus, died March 16 at age 80.
 
Hille came to UWSP in 1967 as department chair of the business education program, which was discontinued in 1985. He was an adviser to undeclared students in the Academic Advising Center for a short time then taught computer software applications classes for the Department of Mathematics and Computer Information Systems. He retired in 1998 and wintered in Florida.
 
Previously he served in the U.S. Air Force and taught in Clintonville, Wisconsin Rapids and Neenah. He earned degrees at Colorado State and the University of Montana. Hille was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and is survived by a son and daughter. 

Gary Itzkowitz

Gary Itzkowitz, a professor of sociology, died Jan. 26 at age 58.
 
He came to UWSP in 1987 and taught in the Department of Sociology and Social Work for 25 years. He also founded and directed the Community Research Center until he retired in January due to his health. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, three sons and three grandchildren.

Norman Keats

Norman Keats, professor emeritus of art and design, died July 9 at age 89.
 
He first came to Central State Teachers College in 1956 and was instrumental in developing the art major. In 1983 he designed and constructed the “Blue Star Compass,” the first large-scale outdoor sculpture in the city. He has many permanent art collections throughout the state and nation.
 
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and was awarded several medals and badges for service in Italy and the Balkans. He earned degrees at UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison and then worked as an art supervisor for Sheboygan public schools.
 
He is survived by two sons and five grandchildren. His wife, Violet, preceded him in death. 

Ken Kulick

Ken Kulick, a former coach and admissions counselor, died August 7 at age 84.
 
A 1952 alumnus of UWSP, Kulick played football and basketball for the Pointers and was a member of the UWSP Athletic Hall of Fame. He worked at UWSP from 1977 to 1990, serving as head basketball coach, assistant football coach and admissions counselor. In his retirement, he provided color commentary for WSPT radio for all Pointer football games and helped with athletic recruitment.
 
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II then taught in Milwaukee and officiated for high school and Big Ten basketball games. He is a member of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame as one of the first referee inductees.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and is survived by three sons, a daughter and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the UWSP Athletic Foundation.

Hugo Marple

Hugo Marple, a former chair of the Music Department, died March 15 at age 91 in Lubbock, Texas.
 
Marple worked at Wisconsin State University-Stevens Point from 1954 to 1969. He also conducted the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Previously he was a music administrator at the University of Indianapolis and Texas Tech University.
 
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and earned degrees at the University of Michigan and The Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. He is survived by his wife, Annette, a son, two daughters, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A son preceded him in death. 

Thomas McCaig

Thomas McCaig, professor emeritus of education, died May 21 at age 82.
 
McCaig served as a member of the Department of Education from 1966 until his retirement in 1993. He was associate dean of the College of Professional Studies and head of the School of Education from 1973 to 1978. He twice received the Excellence in Teaching Award, won the Outstanding Teacher Educator of the Year and was the university’s nominee for the CASE Professor of the Year Award. He led semester abroad groups to Krakow, Poland and London, England, and mentored both professors and high school teachers in his retirement.
 
He earned a Ph.D. from Loyola University and taught English, drama and mathematics in Illinois and also served in the U.S. Army. Memorials are requested to Newman University Parish at UWSP.
 

Delmar Multhauf

Delmar Multhauf, professor emeritus of geography and geology, died Feb. 20 at age 87.
 
He taught geography at UWSP from 1966 until his retirement in 1989, serving as the first chair of his department. He helped develop the new geography major options in cartography, urban/economics activities and physical environment.
 
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, then earned a bachelor’s degree at UW-Oshkosh. He taught part time at UW-La Crosse and UW-Whitewater while earning a master’s degree at UW-Madison. He earned a doctorate degree from Columbia University, then taught at Danbury State Teachers College, Mankato State Teachers College and UW-Oshkosh before coming to UWSP.
 
He is survived by a son and daughter.  

Douglas Post

Douglas Post, a professor emeritus of biology, died Oct. 30, 2011, at age 72 after suffering complications from acute pancreatitis.
 
Doug taught biology at UWSP from 1969 until he retired in 2006. He especially inspired students who took his field biology classes in Wyoming and the desert southwest. As a young man, he worked as a ranch hand and found a love of the American west. He earned a master’s degree from Bradley University and a master’s degree and doctorate from Colorado State University. His work led to the identification of a new frog species.
 
He is survived by a fiancée, daughter, son, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Doug Radtke

Doug Radtke, professor emeritus of chemistry, died July 24 at age 73.
 
Radtke, a 1961 alumnus of UWSP, began his career at his alma mater in 1966 and retired in 1995. He taught chemistry and paper science, was chair of the Faculty Senate and served as assistant to the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. He was an emeritus member of the American Chemical Society, for which he served as chair and national councilor of the Central Wisconsin section. In retirement he worked a hobby farm and served on the Portage County Board.
 
He earned a Ph.D. from UW-Madison and served in the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Marcy, two daughters, stepchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the UWSP Foundation. 

Jerry Rous

Jerry Rous, an assistant professor emeritus of sociology and anthropology, died Oct. 11, 2011, at age 65.
 
He first taught sociology at UWSP for ten years then worked at the Portage County Department of Aging as its assistant director. He then returned to UWSP as a program manager for Continuing Education’s Outreach and Collaborative Degree program, retiring in 2008. He was active in Portage County community groups that served the aging population and the Portage County Leadership Program.
 
He earned a bachelor’s degree from UW-Platteville and master’s degrees from Illinois State University and UW-Madison. He is survived by his wife, Patti, and their daughter.