November 8, 2019  |  News & Events, Sad News, Timely Announcements

Dear Colleagues,

I share with you news that a Celebration of Life ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 9 for Rose Mellman Daitsman, a former administrator in the UWM College of Engineering and Applied Science, and lifelong activist for peace, social and economic justice, civil and worker rights and equality in education. The memorial ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of the Zelazo Center, Peck School of the Arts at UWM, 2419 E. Kenwood Boulevard.

Ms. Daitsman passed away on July 26, at the age of 93. She arrived in Milwaukee in 1972 with a background in Engineering (BE, Cooper Union) and Education (MA, Xavier University). She earned a position at the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UWM, and worked to raise the number of minority students in the College through the start of the Gateway to Engineering, Science, and Technology, a pre-college program which recruited minority students from high schools in Milwaukee to learn about the field in weekend and summer programs.  The College experienced a 20% increase in minority admissions as a result of the program. Ms. Daitsman led the program until her retirement from UWM in the 1990s.

Ms. Daitsman was a founding member of the Society of Women Engineers, an international organization that will celebrate its seventieth year, and she was also an active member of the American Society for Engineering Education.  She received many awards and honors over the course of her life, including the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award by the City of Milwaukee in 2016 and West End Mother of the Year in 1966 for her community work with children in the inner city of Cincinnati.

Ms. Daitman’s obituary is online.  Our condolences to Rose’s family and to the many others whose lives she touched.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs