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Egstad, Herman M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 30, Number 4 (Jan. 1929)

Badgers in the news,   pp. 127-129

Page 128

Page i28                       THE WISCONSIN ALUMNI MAGAZINE            
                   7anuary, 1929
Dr. Kemmerer, Chemistry,            Dr. E. A. Birge Finishes            Hardly
taking time out to talk to his
    Succumbs Suddenly Here                53rd Year At University       interviewer,
he said, "Age is a mere
                                           ___   _______           ty   
detail. Birthdays are like other work
D\ R. GEORGE R. KEMMERER               FTYTHREE years of service to     days
if you are happy... The num-
D   associate professor in charge                   of Wisconsin is the bers
'77' are of little interest except that
chemistry of quantitative analysis, was  record of Dr. E. A. Birge, successively
 in certain games of chance those figures
found dead at his home in November.                                     might
come in handy.
He was 49.                                                              Milwaukee
Badger Wins
  He was graduated from the Univer- o
sity in I904 and received his M.A.                     cor              
                  edngW       r
degree here in  i0o6. Hetreceived the salm
degree of Ph.D. from the University of                                  
   ISTINCTIVE recognition for menr-
Pennsylvania in. 908. r                                                 
          torious research was gained by
  From i1908 to I1914 he was professor                                  another
Badger recently when Herbert
at the New Mexico School of Mines,                                      L.
Whittemore, p03, Milwaukee-, won
and from I914 to 192 he was professor                                   the
James Turner Moorehead medal for
of chemistry at Carroll college.Dr.                                     
outstanding research work in oxyacety-
Kemmerer came to the University as                                      lene
welding. Mr-Whittemore is now
faculty member in 1920.                                                 chief
of the engineering mechanics divi-
  For several years he had been con-                                    sion
of the United States 'bureau of
sulting chemist for the U. S. Bureau of                                 standards.
Hatcheries. He spent the summer of                                      
 After receiving his bachelor degree
n927 in Alaska studying the chemistryat the University in 1i903 Mr. Whitte-
of the waters in relation to the salmon                                 more
went to Berlin for a year as re-
industry.Prof. Kemmerer was chief                                       search
assistant in the development of
chemist for the Survey of Wisconsin                                     automatic
telephone equipment. An-
Lakes which is being conducted by Dr.                                   other
year was spent in England.
E. A. Birge.                                                            
 On his return, he won his first recogni-
  He is survived by his widow, who is      Birthdays c re Like Other Days
    tion in the field of oxyacetylene welding
seriously ill in a Madison hospital.   instructor, professor, dean, president,
 when he performed the first scientific
                                    and President-Emeritus since 1875.  
 tests to determine the strength of
                                      Dr. Birge is the only man now con-
  welding while an instructor at the Uni-
                                    nected with the University who has  
    versity o   s   The Univerit
                       Two Wsconin Melcos zooloy. H  waselectd den of he
   ihrtorsigneaaddi    hicmbe the degre of
    Prof. Gilman to Directors       been with it this length of time. Prof.
 ischonsit egin waerd  ho thie deree o
                                    Julius Olson, head of the department
of  mcnicl tenginer c     for hthistwo in
  rTEPHEN W. GILMAN, '99, who          Scandinavian -languages, chairman
of    Ibora0 hn toeo chr g arfte arteal atn
S~rtrdls     ueatrtet        er     the committee on public functions, islaotryithU.Samyrsnlt
ofseirvie ast aJmurnof wterse n itnars  second. He has been here since 1884.
 Watertown, Mass. Later he joined the
ofserviceoas in theAmbericanth Cours  f ws hsnpesdn         fte iniversityies
beincat         g C olubi unierdstibtyiond
Commerce faculty, was elected a mem-      Born at Troy, N. Y., Sept. 7, i8Si,
 faculties atClmiUniversity oOkamandH
her of the board of directors of The   Prof. Birge fitted at Troy High school,
 waetwih th e Uiersi ofsknahnoar Hen
Wisconsin Investment company, Mil-      1869, and was graduated from   Wil-
  wet wt teuaosnr
waukee, in December. The directors     liams college with the A.B. degree
in,  1917.
recently approved a plan to increase its  1873. He received hisH A.M. from
capital to Univesiof, . Prof. Gilman is  same college in i876.  After taking
  Swenehart Quits Ag College
at work on a book on investments in     graduate work in zoology at Harvard,
     for Post with Atlas Power
OfMSIXaincludison g thetwohonoredhe received his doctor's degree frombuildin
Madisoand Dr. R. C. Buerki, superintend-wHarvard in 1878.               
  AFTER    twelve years at the Uni-
                                      Mr. Birge was elected instructor of
dentionalhe Dsctorsi  Honoral       naturall,  hf W istoryin lates for the
UniverSity in  discversity  as  professor  of  agri-
National.Doctors, professor ofnsurgery,   ual andhN   istory she ce  Urovefssr
of  cultural engineering, Prof. J. H. Swene-
      Two Wisconsin Medicos         zoolog.  He was helbectmed droean o ofth
 hart resigned in December to take a
                                    College of Letters and Science in 1891,
a  Prosiio  witehath Atls Pwerl nompny.r i
D  R. R. E. BURNS, professor of     positionTwhich beheld until 1918,rwhen,
 wPro Sweneartch   is wer ow fora eh
n  orthopedic surgery, and Dr. I. R.  upon the death of President Charles
   wonerinkg. ad r these i  agriculituen- h
Sisk, professor of urology, were initiated  Richard Van Hise, in November,3
he  gneig     o   h   atfwyash
as fellows in the American College of   was chosen president of the University.
 has been in charge of the distribution
Surgeons, aa high honor of the profession,  President Birge retired in June,
  th25,  oar salae  eox siis ionn sth n ort
at a national convention at Boston      to be succeeded in September by Glenn
part oWisconsi.
recently.                           Frank, now president.               
 He will undertake his new duties with
The University of Wisconsin was pre-    Out of the daily grind of classes
and  the Atlas Power company after the close
sented at the convention by a delegation  amnsrtv     duiD.Brgno        
    of the first semester, iisunderstood.
of six, including the two honored doc-  has an office in the Biology building
tors, and Dr. R. C. Buerki, superintend-  where he is carrying on a gigantic
study  Three juniors have been placed on
dent of the Wisconsin General Hospital,  of Wisconsin lakes for the State
Geo-  disciplinary probation and fined for
Dr. R. M. Waters, professor of surgery,  logical and Natural History survey,
 signing assumed names to library slips
Dr. P. F. Green, professor of surgery,    Tanned after a summer of strenuous
 with which they secure books from the
and Dr. E. R. Schmidt, professor of    field work, Dr. Birge celebrated his
77th  stacks. The penalties were inflicted by
surgery and chief surgeon at the Wis-   birthday anniversary last fall by
open-  the committee on student conduct, or-
consin General Hospital.            ing crate after crate of water samples.
 ganized this year.

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