Former UW-Platteville chancellor passes away

October 24, 2013

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William Chmurny

PLATTEVILLE­­­, Wis. — Former University of Wisconsin-Platteville Chancellor William Chmurny passed away Oct. 16 in his San Marcos, Calif. home. A private burial was held Oct. 23 in San Marcos.

Chmurny, 72, served as chancellor from 1983-93. One of Chmurny’s focuses as chancellor was recruiting and retaining women students on campus. He also worked to increase the facilities at UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm and helped bring the Chicago Bears to the university for their annual summer training camp.

He was born in 1941 in Oak Park, Ill. and earned his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois, his graduate degree in archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in anthropology and zoology from Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn (Kate), her brothers, several aunts and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

His family requests that memorials may be made to any universities or charities in which he was affiliated, including the UW-Platteville Foundation.

Written by: Paul Erickson, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, ericksop@uwplatt.edu

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