Saturday, December 16, 2006

Obituary: Irene Curtis - Class of 1907

IRENE CURTIS, ex '14, daughter of W. D. Curtis, a former mayor of Madison was drowned while swimming near San Diego beach, Calif., on January 5. Miss Curtis had taught school in Madison for a number of years and at-one time was in charge of the kindergarten work at Oshkosh State Normal school. She was employed as a teacher in the San Diego schools at the time of her death. The body was recovered after a search lasting more than a week and was brought back to Madison for burial. Funeral services were held from the home, 1102 Spaight St., on January 25.

Originally published in the Wisconsn alumni magazine (Volume 28, Number 5) in March 1927

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Obituary: Catherine Head Coleman - Class of 1910

MADISON - Catherine Head Coleman, died on March 21, at her Madison home. She was 94. The daughter of on old Wisconsin family, she attended Madison schools, Bryn Mawr College and graduated from the UW-Madison. She was a member of the Reading Club, the Madison Civic Music Association, the Morningside Sanatorium, the Head Foundation and the Sand County Foundation. She was active in the Grace Episcopal Church and was a founder of the old Rectory Shop and the Attic Angels Association. She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority and was responsible for the financing, design, and furnishing of the chapter house of the University of Wisconsin. In 1917 she married Thomas E. Coleman, a Wisconsin businessman active in Republican politics. He died in 1964. A daughter, Catherine Foley, died in 1976. Mrs. Coleman is survived by two sons, Jerome Reed, Madison, and Thomas Coleman, M.D., Denver. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Private family services were held. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 25, 1986.

Note: Catherine Head Coleman's graduation year is based on information in the 1910 Tychoberahn.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Obituary: John Edwin Moll - Class of 1908


John E. "Keekie" Moll, Madison, died at the Madison General Hospital on Christmas morning after a short illness from typhoid fever. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Moll.

After the conference football season in Purdue, where he was the football coach, he returned to Madison physically unwell, and he feared that he had overworked during the training period. He began to experience chills and fever and a general break down. These were the first symptoms of serious complications. He probably had the fever a considerable time before he detected it. A week before his death he was taken to the hospital.

The funeral was held on December 28 from his home and from the First Congregational Church. The pallbearers were Albert H. Tormey, '14, M. J. Hoeffel, '13, W.C. Hammersley, Dr. Harry M. Kay, Dr. W.S. Middleton, and M. C. Johnson.

On the morning of his death he received an offer to coach the Ohio State University football team next fall, the position which Coach John R. Richards, '96, resigned last month. Moll would also have had a renewed contract from Purdue University.

As a football player "Keckie" had a wonderful career for eight years. In his freshman year he gave promise to be one of the greatest quarterbacks in the country, and he did excellent work in his sophomore year. Owing to illness, he was obliged to leave school for a year, but in his senior year under Coach Richards he developed into one of the best quarterbacks Wisconsin ever had. He was just about to begin a successful career as a coach when typhoid fever put a sudden end to his ambitions.

John Moll was remembered by his football and baseball teams, also by many intimate friends who sent beautiful flowers. The funeral was one of the larges ever held in Madison.

Originally published in The Wisconsin Alumni Magazine (Volume 14, Number 4) in January 1913

Note: John E. Moll was a member of the 1906 Madison High School football team, but does not appear in the 1907 Tychoberahn senior photo section. For now, his high school class year is speculative and based, in part, on his University of Wisconsin graduation class year.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Obituary: William Windsor - Class of 1875

William WINDSOR, '78, widely known psychologist and phrenologist, died in Milwaukee at the Republican Hotel, of acute bronchitis December 21. Dr. Windsor was born at Covington, Ky., in 1857, coming to Madison at the age of 15. After taking his degree in law at the University he practiced in Madison and in Stoughton before moving to Texas where he achieved success as a criminal lawyer. Some years later he took up the study of phrenology and psychology in which field he found his life work. For the past twenty years Dr. Windsor, assisted by his wife, has given lecture courses in every large city in the United States. He has written many books, the last of which, "Phrenology, The Science of Character, was reviewed in the July-August, II, issue of this MAGAZINE. Dr. Windsor left unusual instructions for his funeral service. He expressed the wish that his body be cremated, kept some weeks, and then that his friends meet to listen tothe reading of certain passages from his books and to the telling of a number of his pleasantries on life. Then his ashes are to be scattered on the waters of Lake Michigan. He asked that no monument be erected to his memory. "I do not want the notice of my death printed in the obituary columns." he said. "Tell the world about my work and not about me."

Originally published in The Wisconsin Alumni Magazine (Volume 24, No. 4) in February 1923.