Faculty/Staff Passings

Charles Barnard, 65, of Menomonie, professor emeritus, died Thursday, April 15, 2010, at his home in Menomonie after a courageous battle with cancer. He retired in 2003, after 31 years of teaching. During his tenure, Barnard established one of the world’s first accredited master’s degree training programs in the then new profession of marriage and family therapy. He taught thousands of students; published more than 40 scholarly articles and eight books; presented regionally, nationally and internationally; served on the editorial board of numerous professional journals; and served as a consultant or board member to many organizations and associations.

Alflorence (Al) Cheatham, 83, died April 13, 2011, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. He retired in May 2005 after 10 years as a professor in the education department.

Robert Feirn, 70, of Menomonie, professor emeritus, passed away Nov. 2, 2010 at his home on Tainter Lake. He taught in the engineering and technology department for 15 years, retiring in 2008.

John Furlong, 96, of Menomonie, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie. From 1963 to his retirement in 1985, he served as assistant to the president and chancellor. Furlong was the first financial director of the then newly created Stout Foundation when land was purchased for what is now the Stout Technology Park. He was also instrumental in getting an art major established at UW-Stout, and Furlong Art Gallery was named in his honor.

Richard Hoffman, 90, former faculty member, passed away Jan. 17, 2011, at the Anne and Donald McGraw Center for Caring in Jacksonville, Fla. Hoffman taught in the retail merchandising program at UW-Stout for eight years and helped develop the management program.

John Houle, 88, of Menomonie, passed away on May 10, 2011, at the Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. Houle earned his MS degree in guidance and counseling in 1965 from Stout and his Ph.D. from UW-Madison. He taught in the psychology department from the early 1960s until his retirement in 1985. In 2004, he was awarded the UW-Stout Athletic Distinguished Service Award.

Eleanor Busse Johnson BS ’46, MS ’59, EdS ’81, 86, passed away March 27, 2011, at Our House in Rice Lake. Johnson was a teacher educator and supervisor of student teachers who mentored more than 1,000 future home economics teachers during her 21-year career.

Jill Lewis MS ’07, 47, of Colfax, interim director of the university’s Educational Talent Search Federal TRIO program, passed away after a long illness, Wednesday, June 9, 2010. She worked at the university since August 2002.

Orville Nelson, 76, of Menomonie, former faculty member, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. Orv graduated from Stout with a B.S. in technology education in 1956 and taught at the university for 37 years until his retirement in 2000. He worked in industrial technology and taught many courses and held many positions. He helped faculty and students design research projects, develop research instruments and analyze data. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007.

Arnold Piersall, 87, of Menomonie, professor emeritus, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at his home in Menomonie. Piersall joined the faculty in 1960, where he taught in the School of Industry and Technology until his retirement in 1988.

Louis Rodey BS ’50, MS ’51, 88, of Menomonie, died Sept. 9, 2010. He was a supervisor of buildings and grounds, retiring in 1983.

Jean Starkweather, 88, of Florida, died July 13. She worked in the department of art and design for 30 years, retiring in 1997.

Willis Lee Valett, 82, passed away June 3, 2011, at his home in Hollister, Mo. Valett taught safety education from 1966 until his retirement in 1989.

Bonnie Rae Mouw Varney, 74, of Menomonie, died April 5, 2010. She worked as the food production manager at Tainter Dining Hall. She worked for 24 years, retiring in 1999.

William Way MS ’81, 66, of Hudson, passed away May 6, 2011, at his home. Way was a member of the faculty in hotel and restaurant management from 1976 until his retirement in 2005.

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