3 notable necrologies from 1967

3 distinguished people who passed away in 1967
3 notable necrologies from 1967

Helen C. White, June 7

3 notable necrologies from 1967

Beloved scholar Professor Helen C. White, 71, dies a month before her retirement, after 48 years on the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty. Known around campus for her purple attire, White was a two-time chair of the English department, the recipient of 23 honorary degrees and author of 13 books. A devout Roman Catholic, White was a staunch foe of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and in 1957 gave the main address at the rededication of the famed “sifting and winnowing” plaque on Bascom Hall. In 1970, the state Board of Regents named in her honor the massive lakefront building housing the English department, undergraduate library and parking ramps.

Leo T. Kehl, Oct. 18

3 notable necrologies from 1967

Leo T. Kehl, 67, internationally renowned dance instructor, dies after a brief illness. Director of the school his father Frederick William founded in 1880, Kehl not only taught thousands of Madison children to dance–he taught thousands of dance instructors as well, including future film stars Gene Kelly and Vera Ellen. A cofounder of the Madison West Lions Club, Kehl’s books on dance are used by thousands of schools and dozens of major universities.

Harry Steenbock, Dec. 25

3 notable necrologies from 1967

Professor Harry Steenbock, 81, who saved millions of youngsters from the dreaded bone disease rickets–and then made millions of dollars for the UW–by discovering vitamin D in 1924, dies of complications after a heart attack. The Quaker Oats company offered Steenbock $1 million for his patent for radiating food with ultraviolet light, but he wanted to endow UW-Madison’s research function; so he worked with Dean Charles S. Slichter to create the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and gave it his patent. By the time the patent expired in 1945, rickets had been eliminated from the United States, and WARF was established as the critical funder of UW research in the natural sciences.

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