August 29, 2019  |  News & Events, Sad News, Timely Announcements


I share with you the sad news that Gregory Mursky, Emeritus Professor of Geosciences in the College of Letters and Science, passed away on August 23, 2019.

Dr. Mursky was a professor in the Department of Geosciences at UWM, who began teaching at UWM in the fall of 1964.  His career at UWM spanned over three decades before he retired in 1997. During that time he taught thousands of undergraduate and many graduate students in geological subjects dealing with mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, and the geology of the planets and our moon. While at UWM, he also served as Chair of the Geology Department (as it was known at the time), and played a key role in the development of the Department, including hiring and staffing the faculty.

Dr. Mursky has an impressive list of publications dealing with his research and several textbooks for college geology students. He had a keen interest in the Ukrainian Academic and Cultural Societies, and was instrumental in the introduction of Ukrainian courses at UWM.

Dr. Mursky’s obituary is online, and funeral services were held earlier this week.  Our condolences to Gregory’s family and to the many others whose lives he touched.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs