September 29, 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 Mathematical Sciences, and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Marilyn Rae Kesselhon

Marilyn Kesselhon, a former staff member in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, passed away on September 7, 2021.

Marilyn began working at UWM in 1979. She was an Academic Department Specialist in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. She handled a wide range of responsibilities and support services for the department, including budgetary administration, supervising office staff and student workers, and providing support to the department chair. A colleague shared that Marilyn was, quite literally as her position description stated, the office “trouble shooter” and assumed many additional responsibilities as the need arose. Marilyn worked at UWM for over three decades before she retired in 2012.

Marilyn fell in love with the landscape, art and culture of the Southwest and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico after her retirement.

For additional information, please see Marilyn’s obituary online.  Our condolences to Marilyn’s family and to the many others whose lives she touched.

Joseph F. Mangiamele

Joseph “Joe” Mangiamele, former university planner and professor emeritus of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, passed away on August 23, 2021, at the age of 98.

Joe served as University Planner at UWM from 1962 until 1966, when he began teaching in the Department of Urban Affairs. In 1969, he joined the newly established UWM School of Architecture as an associate professor, where he taught courses including Introduction to Urban Planning, Comparative Planning, Urban Design and Neighborhood Planning. During his career, Joe also served as a respected city planning consultant nationally and internationally. He retired from UWM in 1998, after 36 years teaching, leading and planning.

In his retirement, Joe focused on the intersection of public space and art. He became a painter and sculptor, designing a sculpture titled “New Beginnings” that is on display at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.

For additional information, please view Joe’s obituary online. Our condolences go to Joe’s family and loved ones. He will be remembered warmly by the UWM community.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs