Hove, Arthur O. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 69, Number 4 (Jan. 1968)
Mucks, Arlie M., Jr.
On Wisconsin, p. 4
ON WISCONSIN Arlie M. Mucks, Jr. /Executive Director Wisconsin is a great university because of the outstanding quality of the people who have contributed their individual and collective resources to its substance and reputation. Wherever you look in the fields of teaching, research, and public service, notable Wisconsin men and women have made their mark not only on the history of the University, but on the history of our civilization. This fact was brought forcibly to mind recently with the death of the famous Dr. Harry Steenbock. Here was a man who brought great fame to his native state and his alma mater through a discovery that-was beneficial to millions and millions of people throughout the entire world. Dr. Steenbock not only found a cure for rickets in his discovery of Vitamin D, but, when it was apparent that he could realize a great deal of income from the develop- ment of his discovery, he insisted that the benefits be turned over to the University. With the assistance of Dean Charles Sumner Slichter, Dr. Steenbock helped organize the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Over the years, millions of dollars have been returned to the University for research in the life sciences and humanities through this organization. Dr. Steenbock's type of individual greatness and selflessness has characterized the strength of this University throughout its history. In reflecting on the achievements of Dr. Steenbock, it is essential to also take note of the many University of Wisconsin people who have made notable contributions to society ranging from the discovery of a test for butterfat in milk to providing the guiding spirit behind the formulation of our Social Security system. The people who have been responsible for these breakthroughs have, characteristically, also been self-effacing individuals who have been willing to dedicate their lives to building a better University as well as a better world. Perhaps it would be useful to list just a few of those Wisconsin people who have made significant contributions to this University. Everyone, I realize, will have his own list, but here are some memorable Wisconsin names I think appropriate to mention in this instance: Stephen M. Babcock, Frederick Jackson Turner, Charles R. Van Hise, Selig Perlman, Edwin Witte, E. A. Birge, Conrad Elvehjem, Howard K. Beale, Helen C. White, George C. Sellery, William Ellery Leonard, and Alexander Meiklejohn. Quite naturally, this list is only a partial categorization of those individuals who have, through their particular personal gifts, enriched the University. These are, however, names of the past-like Dr. Steenbock, they are now a part of our proud Wisconsin heritage. It is important to remember and honor those people who have put this university in the forefront of higher education. But it is also important to take stock of current and coming generations. There are people on this campus now who will soon reach the magnitude of those who have gone before. They deserve our recognition and encouragement, for it is here that men and women are continuing the search for truth and knowledge which best describes the University of Wisconsin. It is here that revelation and innovation are commonplace. This is what constitutes the special element of greatness that is Wisconsin. Wisconsin Alumnus 4
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