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Meet The Fellows

Sister Joel Read

Sister Joel Read was Alverno College's sixth president and served in that capacity from 1968-2003. Prior to her presidency, Sister Joel was appointed to the Alverno faculty as a history professor in 1955. She is also an alumna of Alverno College having earned her Bachelor's degree in 1948.Sister Joel's tenure at Alverno College marked a time of tremendous progress and change for the college.

Lee Weiss

Since 1959, when Weiss began to focus intently on her painting career, she has had over 125 solo shows. The recipient of several individual honors and awards, Weiss has also participated in numerous group and invitational shows. For various time periods between 1969-1975 Weiss had a total of three paintings on display in the White House Rotating Exhibition Program, all selected by the Smithsonian Institution.

James R. Johnson

James R. Johnson is retired as a laboratory director and executive scientist for the 3M Company. He received his Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from The Ohio State University and an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  Johnson has served in various roles at the University of Minnesota and UW-Stout, as well as on advisory boards at several engineering colleges. A pioneer in materials science and engineering, he has 30 U.S.

Shirley S. Abrahamson

Shirley S. Abrahamson was appointed as a Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1976. She was the first and only woman to serve on the court until 1993. She was elected to a ten-year term in 1979, re-elected in 1989, and became Chief Justice on August 1, 1996.

Robert Byron Bird

Robert Byron Bird (born February 5, 1924 in Bryan, Texas) is a Chemical Engineer and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is known for his research in Transport phenomena of Non-Newtonian fluids, including fluid dynamics of polymers, polymer kinetic theory, and rheology.  Notf, along with Warren E. Stewart and Edwin N.

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