Douglas Beard, 46, of Stoughton, formerly with UW-Stout’s athletic department, died June 22, 2007, at his home. He was senior associate athletic director at UW-Madison, overseeing operations of the university’s 23 sports programs. He had been on the staff at UW-Madison since 2001. Before that, he was at UW-Stout from 1987 to 1989, and at UW-Milwaukee from 1989 to 2001.

Gene Bloedorn, 64, professor emeritus from UW-Stout’s art and design department, died Sept. 14, 2007 in Fitchburg,  after a short, intense struggle with cancer. He began his career teaching art at Kimberly High School. He came to UW-Stout in the fall of 1971, and taught art education and drawing. He served as chair of the art and design department, and also as Gallery Curator. He retired in May 2000.

Paul Hoffman, 78, of Tucson, Ariz., professor emeritus, died April 15, 2007, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson. Hoffman came to Menomonie in 1964 after receiving a doctoral degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was a member of the rehabilitation and counseling department, and served as executive director of the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute. He retired from UW-Stout in 1996.

Robert Melrose, 82, of Menomonie, associate professor emeritus, social science department, died March 19, 2007, at Dunn County Health Care Center. He served in World War II as a member of the Army Air Corps. He taught and coached football at Bruce High School, and taught history and coached football and basketball at Menomonie High School. He then became a staff member in the social science department and an assistant football coach at Stout State College. He taught government, political science and history classes for 30 years, retiring in May 1987. He was an Outstanding Teacher five times, and received UW-Stout’s Distinguished Service Award.


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