I share with you sad news from Department Chair Stephen Wester in Educational Psychology.

Dr. Anita Zeidler, former UWM ad hoc instructor and Senior Lecturer, passed away on September 3, 2018. Dr. Zeidler was a highly valued member of the UWM Department of Educational Psychology in Learning & Development for 25 years and retired from UWM in 2016.

Dr. Zeidler was an icon and a civic leader in Milwaukee. Best known as the daughter of legendary Milwaukee mayor Frank Zeidler, she was deeply devoted to education, the development of civic leaders, and labor – continuing to work at one of her favorite events, the Milwaukee Labor Day Parade, up to the time of her passing. Dr. Zeidler was a board member of the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, vice-president of the United Nations Association-Greater Milwaukee, and she taught courses in the Learning & Development program on cognition, motivation, and learning for 25 years, inspiring hundreds of teachers, counselors, administrators, and psychologists in training.

She will be deeply missed by faculty, staff, and students in the Educational Psychology department. A memorial service for Dr. Zeidler will be held on Tuesday, September 11, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 631 N. 19th Street in Milwaukee.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., followed by a service from 12 – 1 p.m. and a reception at 1 p.m.

Our condolences to Anita’s family and to the many others whose lives she touched.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs