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For University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni and Friends

Where’s W?
You never know where
this beloved letter will
pop up next.

Summer 2015
Drew University Low-Residency
Poetry MFA Program, and an Jack Archibald ’72: Stained-Glass Wizard
award-winning poet. Her latest

collection is The Old Woman, the For Jack Archibald ’72, it all
Tulip, and the Dog (University of started with a simple thought
Pittsburgh Press). on a chilly evening in a shack:
The board of CRDF Global “It might be nice to have some
— a nonprofit that promotes windows in here.”
international scientific and tech- Since the late 1970s, the
nical collaboration through grants, artist (
technical resources, training, and has created more than sixty
services in more than forty coun- stained-glass installations,
tries — has welcomed Karen which are exhibited in public
Horney Holbrook ’63, MS’66 buildings nationwide. One of
of Longboat Key, Florida. A past his more prominent projects
president of The Ohio State was a life-sized kaleidoscope
University, she’s now a higher (since dismantled) that allowed
education consultant and senior pedestrians to peer through lit
adviser to the president of the glass into a small storefront Archibald often gets commissions for mammoth-sized works. This
University of South Florida. covered with mirrors. His style glass mural, titled Circumnavigating the Century, graces the lobby
“As a street-naming for a incorporates science-fiction of the Clover Park Aviation Trade Center in Puyallup, Washington.
living person — especially a mythology and blends curvy, anthropomorphic figures balanced with rigid, geometric shapes.
lawyer — is not that common,” But despite his success, Archibald’s original career plan wasn’t art. In fact, he says he never really
writes Chicago entertainment- had a career plan. An English major at UW-Madison, he tried to become a teacher after graduation but
law pioneer Jay Ross ’64, “we instead ended up in a variety of odd jobs around Wisconsin. “I came through [UW-Madison] during
thought this might be an item the ’60s, and it was a wild time,” he says. “It had a total influence on me. It takes a certain amount of
for your publication.” Indeed! insanity — or courage — to launch off into an art career without knowing what you’re doing. I was more
On December 13, Chicago’s afraid of having some job that would beat me down.”
Grand Avenue at Green Street After farming for a while in Mosinee, Wisconsin, Archibald decided he’d been through enough hard
was renamed Honorary Jay winters. In 1976, he moved to rural Camano Island in Washington’s Puget Sound, where he found seven
B. Ross Way. Themes running acres and a weathered shack to call home. One night, he took a class at the local high school to learn
through Ross’s many personal, how to make stained-glass windows that could replace the shack’s plastic sheeting. He was hooked.
professional, and pro bono At the time, Archibald was making ends meet with a couple of jobs, including a graveyard shift as an
achievements are care for orderly. He started taking his glass to the hospital and soon began selling windows. He eventually landed
children and a love of music, a grant from Washington’s public arts commission, which in turn led to more contracts. He’s also become
including being named Legendary an architect of sorts because he often has to design and build structures to support his larger exhibits.
Blues Attorney by the Blues Hall In addition to his own work, Archibald has teamed up with other local artists on initiatives to turn
of Fame. Camano into Washington’s “art island.” He regularly donates glassworks to libraries, schools, and other
Rusty (Francis) Rost ’64 projects because he says he’d rather be surrounded by art than the “meat and potatoes” appearance of
of Colfax, Wisconsin, shared most public buildings. “When you think of the great cultures, you think of their architecture, their art,” he
a poignant letter about his late explains. “We’re so cheap now, we don’t want to spend money on that. But we could make a different
wife, Hong, who was UW-Stout’s decision on how we invest our money.”
director of international education As for the shack? After living in it for several years with his wife, Karen, Archibald agreed to build
before she died in a car acci- them a house — but the shack still serves as his studio.
dent in June 2014. Those close Sandra Knisely ’09, MA’13
to President Obama who held her
in high regard brought her death
to his attention, and Obama sent development efforts, spending a upon which good science is built.
a personal letter of condolence. month each at a range of univer- Woods Hole [Massachusetts]
Rost then met the president when Madisonian James Rhem sity campuses — observing, Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
he represented Hong at the pres- MA’71, PhD’79 is the executive consulting, and writing about his marine geologist and senior
idential summit for the Young editor of the National Teaching findings. And, just for fun, he’s scientist Daniel Fornari ’72
African Leaders Institute — & Learning Forum — a publica- taken up the French horn again is that unsung hero for 2014.
a program in which she had been tion on college instruction that after fifty years away from it. He’s twice served as director of
very involved that brings African he sold to John Wiley & Sons’ The American Geophysical WHOI’s Deep Ocean Exploration
students to UW-Stout and other Jossey-Bass imprint and which Union’s Flinn Award goes to the Institute, participated in more
universities. Scholarships have is now part of the Wiley Online unsung heroes who generate the than eighty oceanic research
been established in Hong’s name Library. Last year, Rhem began a ideas, motivation, and founda- expeditions, co-developed the
at UW-Stout and UW-La Crosse. national tour to analyze faculty- tions that support the structure Dive and Discover education and

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