Robert R. Beck, 75, died Dec. 16, 2006. Mr. Beck joined the faculty at UW-River Falls in 1961, teaching and coordinating the freshman English program. In 1988 he received the Outstanding Teacher in Humanities Award. Mr. Beck was preceded in death in 2005 by his wife of 34 years, M. Susan Miners Beck, also a faculty member in the English department at UWRF.
Robert Leland “Bob” Calentine, 77, died May 10, 2007. He was a professor of biology at UWRF from1963 until his retirement in 1991. He was equally at home in the lab and in the field, something that is rare today. Bob also willingly shared his extensive expertise in various lab techniques with colleagues. He held B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University.
Russell Gerber, 80, died Dec. 2, 2006. Russ was a professor in the agriculture engineering department for 36 years, retiring Dec. 31, 1989. He was a member of the River Falls Lions Club, River Falls Chamber of Commerce, International Technology Association, Phi Delta Kappa-University of Wisconsin Campus Chapter, and the Wisconsin Technology Education Association. Dr. Gerber was recognized for over 50 years of service to the Civil Air Patrol. He also served in the Armed Forces during WWII.
Lillian Gough, 87, died April 10, 2006. Miss Gough earned B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at the State University of New York, Buffalo. She joined the UW-River Falls mathematics faculty in 1955 and served as department chairperson from 1956-1979. Before coming to River Falls she taught high school in New York for five years and was a member of the faculties of the University of Buffalo and Oswego State Teachers college, also in New York. After retiring, she did volunteer work at the River Falls Public Library and Area Hospital. She also enjoyed traveling and bird watching.
Byron James, 80, died May 11, 2007, in Tucson, Ariz. Byron was a UWRF wrestling coach for 39 years. James was named to the UWRF Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985. He had been the wrestling coach at UWRF since 1959 and coached 11 WSUC championship teams (1960, 62-63, 67, 72, 81, 83-87). At the time, he had coached 78 individual conference place winners and 53 all-Americans. He was a member of the George Martin, the NAIA District 14, the Div. III and the NAIA Wrestling Halls of Fame.
Leland E. “Lee” Jensen, 77, died April 11, 2006. A graduate of UW-La Crosse, he received master’s and doctor’s degrees at UW-Madison. He was a member of the UW-River Falls faculty until his retirement in 1991, serving as director of Career Services, and was part of the teaching staff in the School of Education. After retirement, he supervised practice teachers for the university at high schools throughout the area.
Mr. Jensen was a founding member of the Wisconsin Association of Colleges and Employers formerly known as the WI Career Planning and Placement Association. He was a past high priest of the Grand Chapter 45 of Royal Arch Masons; a member of the St. Croix Valley Shrine Club; and belonged to St. Croix Valley Council and Commandery. As a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, he was an American Legion member.
Bernice G. Shank, died October 24, 2006. She held a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in early childhood education from UW-La Crosse. She was a kindergarten and nursery school teacher at the Ames Laboratory School at UWRF from 1967 until her retirement in 1986.