November 24, 2021  |  News & Events, Sad News, Timely Announcements

Dear Colleagues,

I am sharing sad news of the passing of two members of our UWM community, from colleagues in the College of Letters and Science’s Department of History, and from the School of Education.

James A. Brundage
James A. Brundage, Professor in the UW-Milwaukee Department of History from 1955-1989, died on November 5, 2021, at the age of 92. Jim received his BA and MA from the University of Nebraska and his PhD from Fordham University. After a 34-year career at UWM, including serving as Chair of the Department, he was named Ahmanson-Murphy Distinguished Professor of Medieval History, Courtesy Professor of Law, and, in 2000, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Kansas.

In addition to fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jim was a Fulbright Lecturer, a Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and the Royal Historical Society, and on the Board of Directors of the Stephan Kuttner Institute of Medieval Canon Law at the University of Munich. He was the author of twelve books, including Medieval Canon Law and the Crusader (1969), Law, Sex, and Christian Society (1987), and Medieval Origins of the Legal Profession (2008).

For additional information, please see Jim’s obituary online.


Thomas M. Joynt
Dr. Thomas Joynt, a former Lecturer and Clinical Associate Professor in UW-Milwaukee’s School of Education from 1989-2015, passed away on November 11, 2021. A lifelong advocate for children and education, Tom was a teacher and school administrator before becoming a district administrator in Pulaski, Menomonee Falls, and Green Bay, Wisconsin. His favorite part of this work was interacting with students and teachers. After retiring, Tom taught courses at UW-Milwaukee and on the UW-Green Bay campus. At UWM’s School of Education, he taught Administrative Leadership courses and supported and mentored many future school and district leaders.

A colleague of Tom’s at UWM shared that he was a strong advocate for the School of Education’s leadership programs. Tom worked tirelessly to recruit and support students in many areas of Wisconsin, and his contributions to SOE’s programs, leadership development and schools throughout Wisconsin cannot be overstated.

For additional information, please see Tom’s obituary online. A celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Sunday, December 5 at the Watermark at Shully’s (146 Green Bay Road, Thiensville, WI). The family will greet friends at 10 a.m. and the service will begin at 12 p.m., with a reception to follow.


Our condolences go to Jim’s and Tom’s families, and to the many others whose lives they touched.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs