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Program set for former chancellor Swanson’s memorial service

February 11, 2013

The public memorial service for former University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Robert S. Swanson will feature remarks by his family, Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen and others from the university and members of the community.

Swanson died Jan. 27 at age 88. The service is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at UW-Stout’s Harvey Hall Theatre, 721 Third St. E.

Robert S. SwansonThe program will begin at 2 p.m. with music and then an introduction by David Williams, retired vice chancellor for University Advancement and Marketing. Other speakers include two of Swanson’s children, Marcy Mackey and Steven Swanson; his grandchildren, Graham and Parker Mackey; Sorensen; former student Scott Cabot; faculty colleagues Marv Kufahl and Lee Smalley; a member of the Stout University Foundation board, Dan Hampton; a Rotarian, Elizabeth Spader; and a Boy Scout representative, Robert Spinti.

Williams will conclude the event with remarks and by reading a resolution to be passed by the Legislature in honor of Swanson’s life and accomplishments.

The bells in Bowman Hall will then toll for Swanson, to be followed by a reception outside the theater.

The service will be streamed live over the UW-Stout website.

Swanson served as chancellor from 1972-88. He spent more than 40 years at the school as a student, professor and administrator.

Musical selections will be performed by Juliana Schmidt, accompanied by Tim Lutz. Parking will be available in UW-Stout lots.

For more information on Swanson’s life and career, go to the news release or Web page.


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