Dear Colleagues,

I share with you sad news of the passing of two members of our UWM community.

Bruce Winter

Bruce Winter, the longtime program director and on-air voice at WUWM, died on November 14, 2018.  Bruce first worked at the station when he was 17.  He graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 1976 with a mass communications degree and worked at several southeastern Wisconsin radio stations before returning to WUWM in 1978. Bruce started as operations manager, and then was named program director, a position which he held until he passed away.  While serving as program director, he did everything from the news to hosting classical music shows and WUWM’s foray into alternative adult alternative music, and he loved bringing local bands into the station to perform on the air. Bruce was extremely dedicated to WUWM, and his steadiness and work ethic made him a role model.

An obituary article is online. Our condolences to Bruce’s family and to the many others whose lives he touched.

Nathaniel Zelazo

Nathaniel Zelazo passed away on November 22, 2018.  As a young immigrant from Poland, he quickly became a successful engineer. In addition to his many academic achievements, Nathaniel had an illustrious professional career and, in 1959, he co-founded Astronautics Corporation of America with his sister, the late Norma Paige. In 1986, Nathaniel was granted the honorary degree, Doctor of Engineering, from UW-Milwaukee, and he also received honorary degrees from Marquette and MSOE. He played an important philanthropic role in his local community, national education, and the arts. In memory of his late wife, Helene, he donated a building at UW-Milwaukee for the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts.

His obituary as well as an obituary article are online. Our condolences to Nathaniel’s family, and to the many others whose lives he touched.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs