Monday, March 20, 2006

Alumni Obituaries Published Prior to 1990

Finding obituaries published prior to 1990 is labor-intensive and time-consuming, but I've begun posting some of them in a separate archive, which you can access by clicking on the pre-1990 link on the right hand side of this page under the "Alumni Obituaries" heading.

Prior to mid-1973, obituaries published in the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times were news stories written by staff members. You will find a great deal of variation in the format and content of these obituaries. Likewise, you will find a great deal of variation in the format and content of obituaries from other sources (e.g., newspapers from other cities and states).

In order to provide more information about some of the alumni whose published obituaries are very brief, or for which there is little context, I've added links to some of the obituaries that will take you to additional articles about the deceased. In some instances, I have also added scans of photos from the Tychoberahn.

The seven pre-1990 obituaries I've posted thus far are for novelist Honore Willsie Morrow (Class of 1898); Chauncey Abbott (Class of 1901); Kathyrn Brahany (Class of 1901); Emily B. Winslow (Class of 1906), a sister of Horatio Gates Winslow, an editor of the very first Tychoberahn; Henry Turvill (Class of 1907), a member of the family that gave its name to Turville Point, adjacent to Olin Park; Harold Lampert (Class of 1909) whose athletic prowess is discussed in Coach Kelliher's book on Madison football, but not mentioned in his obituary; and Edward Withers (Class of 1947) a star athlete at Central who subsequently earned All-American honors playing for the University of Wisconsin football Badgers.

If you are a friend, a fan, a scholar, or a relative and would like to add to the information about any of these people, please don't hesitate to send me an email.

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