Ron Perez Legacy Fund

Since the untimely passing of in December 2020 of Zilber School of Public Health Dean Ron Perez, our long-term friend and colleague, many have reached out to ask what they can do to honor his memory. Ron’s widow, Christine, has asked that we establish the Ron Perez Legacy Fund at the UWM Foundation. The fund will support underrepresented students at the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and will memorialize Ron’s dedication and extraordinary service to UWM.

In his three decades at UWM, Ron tirelessly and fiercely advocated for our students. He administered scholarships, attempting to find funding for all students who needed support. He personally encouraged his students to pursue their dreams. The Ron Perez Legacy Fund will be a lasting tribute to him and his accomplishments.

For more information about the Ron Perez Legacy Fund, please contact Michele Weinschrott, director of development for the Zilber School ( or 414-229-3797). You can also make a gift online. All gifts will be listed in memory of Ron Perez.

Thank you for the outpouring of sympathy upon Ron’s passing, as well as the shared memories of the light and hope he brought to all who knew him. He will be missed, and his legacy will live on through our students.