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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 83, Number 4 (May 1982)

Wolff, Barbara J.
Reshapers,   pp. 12-14


Page 14


Melding Judeo/Christian history:
Keith SchoviUe
The day begins-voluntarily-at 5 A.M. Hebrew and Semitic
Studies professor and department chairman Keith Schoville likes
to use the rare early hours to read, grade papers and in general
collect his thoughts. And for Schoville, who's been on the
campus since 1961, there are a great many thoughts to gather.
   His activities gravitate around two basic areas, the ancient
urban settlement and the modern church. He has assumed a
number of posts in each field. Secretary, treasurer and manager
of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. Vice-
president of the American Oriental Society's midwest section.
Editor of the Journal of Hebrew Studies and author of a definitive
textbook. President of the Madison Biblical Archeological Soci-
ety. L&S advisor during Summer Orientation. Elder and found-
ing minister of Madison's Westwood Christian Church. Family
man: wife, five children. Gardener:pumpkins and fruit trees.
   He lunches at his desk; he takes a jog in the late afternoon to
reassemble the necessary energy to teach an evening class in
Biblical Archeology. This semester also finds him teaching Bibli-
cal Texts, but during the day.
   Schoville is a Soldiers Grove native who holds an MA and
Ph.D. from here. His interest in archeology and biblical history is
relatively recent. He first saw Israel in 1965; his first dig there, at
Tel Dan near Mt. Hermon, didn't occur until 1976. His favorite
period of study is the Middle Bronze Age (roughly 2000-
1500 BC), the age of the Patriarchs.
The plant and the piano:
Marion O'Leary
Marion O'Leary, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is a
specialist in the way chemistry determines biological phenomena
in plants. He also investigates the properties of enzymes and how
they affect plant growth. It's an approach that is unusual, so
much so that O'Leary is part of the "Australian Connection"-
the UW and Australian National University. Down Under there
is this handful of scholars who are doing the same work-
studying the entire plant organism rather than just a part. It's
"devilishly complex," O'Leary says, so it makes for camaraderie
among its devotees, like ham radio operators or the first U.S.
owners of Volkswagens who used to honk at each other on the
highway.
   O'Leary also held a Sloan Fellowship here in 1979-80 and has
a Guggenheim for this year and next. He chairs our Committee
on Academic Affairs of Minority/Disadvantaged Students: "Per-
haps because of inadequate high school preparation or the de-
mands of university life, minorities are less likely to get degrees.
We're constantly looking at ways to help them finish what they
start here."
   Add to this a passion for music equal to his dedication to
science. "It was a tough choice between the two, but science won
because it was easier to get a job in that field." O'Leary consorts
regularly with like-minded persons for chamber music. His piano
prowess is close to concert quality.
   He is a native of Illinois who's been on the Madison campus
since 1967, bringing degrees from the University of Illinois and
MIT. His days on the Eastern Seaboard have given him a taste
for life near the shore; he and his family summer regularly on
Door County's Washington Island, where he indulges a propen-
sity to build furniture.                                Dl
14 / THE WISCONSIN ALUMNUS


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