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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 61, Number 9 (Jan. 1960)

Alumni news,   pp. 34-[37]

Page 34

Basil Peterson
UW Foundation executive retires
  Basil I. Peterson, an executive of the
University of Wisconsin Foundation
since its inception in 1945 recently re-
tired on his 70th birthday. He is suc-
ceeded as administrative secretary of the
Foundation by James E. Bie, director of
the recently concluded Alumni House
Fund campaign.
   Robert B. Rennebohm, executive di-
rector of the Foundation, praised Peter-
son's career of service to the University
of Wisconsin. He served 10 years as a
director and treasurer of the Wisconsin
Alumni Association, six years as a mem-
ber of the Board of Visitors including
two years as its president, and more
than 14 years on the staff 'of the Founda-
tion. (He was president of the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin Club of Chicago in
   Peterson graduated from the Univer-
sity in 1912 and received a law degree
from Northwestern University in 1914.
   He is an active member of the Madi-
son Downtown Rotary Club where his
work with foreign students and Rotary
extension has won wide recognition. He
is also well known in financial and busi-
ness circles since he was employed in the
banking field for more than 25 years.
(This includes three and a half years
as an officer of a branch of the National
City Bank of New York at Brussels,
Belgium after his discharge from the
army at the conclusion of World War
   Bie, (a native of Racine,) was em-
 ployed by the Milwaukee Association of
 Commerce following his graduation in
 1950 from the University's School of
Journalism. (He served as assistant man-
ager of the Association's Convention
Bureau, manager of its Public Relations
Division, and administrative assistant. In
1957 he formed his own public rela-
tions consulting firm.) Bie moved to
Madison in 1958 to direct the campaign
to raise $235,000 to construct a head-
quarters building for the Wisconsin
Alumni Association and the University's
Alumni Records Office. The campaign
ended on November 14 after exceeding
its goal by more than $5,000.
   In addition to regular office duties,
Bie will manage the Foundation's spe-
cial fund raising campaigns and direct
public relations and publicity.
James E. Bie
       ├Żalumni news
  Over 350 people paid tribute to the late
Prof. Selig PERLMAN '10 at a dinner held
in the Memorial Union. The dinner was
sponsored by the economics department and
the University's school for workers. Speak-
ing of Prof. Perlman's achievements, Philip
Taft, professor of economics at Brown Uni-
versity, said, "Selig Perlman belongs to that
small group which educated the American
public to the importance of the trade union
in a democratic society. It can truly be said
that not only his writings and students, but
the labor movement are the monuments he
left behind."
  Gordon WHITNALL '10, widely known
planning and zoning authority from Los
Angeles, recently spoke at the dedication of
a high school named for his father Charles
B. Whitnall in Hales Corners.
  Malcolm K. WHYTE '12 has been elected
to the board of directors of the University of
Wisconsin Foundation. He is a specialist in
corporate, tax, and trade association law in
Milwaukee; his term runs through 1964.
  Harvard university has established a fund
honoring the name of Sumner SLICHTER
'13 who died on Sept. 27. The fund has
three objectives-to finance fellowships and
scholarships, to establish research funds, and
to endow a Sumner Slichter professorship.
The objectives reflect Prof. Slichter's interest
in labor-management relations, the dynamics
of the American economy, and the impact of
research and science on economic activity.
  Mrs. Isabel McDonald (Isabel PARSONS
'13) and John H. Willing were married re-
cently in Santa Monica, Calif.
   Joseph K. GREENE '16 has retired after
completing 35 years of service with the Led-
erie Laboratories at Pearl River, N. Y. His
work at the laboratory was largely concerned
with the purification of anti-toxins and sera
which have gradually been replaced with
antibiotics, sulfa drugs, and the extensive
use of toxoids. He and his wife have pur-
chased a small summer home at Harpswell,
   Marion NEPRUD '18 returned recently
 from a four weeks business trip with a man-
 agement team which made a survey of pub-
 lic housing in Puerto Rico. The climax of
 her visit came with a stimulating conference
 with the Governor's wife-a brilliant woman
 deeply concerned with the problems of their
 low income families and the transitional proc-
 esses from slums to proper shelter. During
 the trip, she also spent 2 days on St. Thomas
 and St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. Earlier
 in the year she visited the Air Force Academy
 in Colorado Springs where she was one of
 the official observers at the annual meeting
 of the Presidents Council for Youth Fitness.
   Aloysius J. MUENCH '19 was named
 among eight new cardinals by Pope John
   Wisconsin Alumnus, January, 1960

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