In Memoriam: Remembering Our Badgers From 2017-’18

On May 4, UW-Madison will honor students who passed away this academic year during a memorial performance beginning at the School of Education at 12:30 pm and ending at Muir Knoll. We will honor 12 Badgers this year.

Dean of Students and Interim Vice Chancellor for the Student Affairs Lori Berquam is saddened by the loss of each student.

“These were outstanding young people,” Berquam said. “Their full potential had not been realized, their stories had only started.”

All 12 students will leave a lasting impact on the university, friends, and family members, she said. “We are grateful for the time each of them was with us on our campus. Each of them mattered here, each one of them has contributed to our campus in some way, and each of them will be missed.”

All 12 students will be missed by family members, friends, and the UW-Madison community.

** Please note that not all families wished to be included in this list, but all students are in our thoughts.

In Memoriam: Remembering Badgers who passed away in 2017-’18


University of Wisconsin-Madison student Shervelle Shaw died on August 28, 2017. During her time at UW-Madison, Shaw was heavily involved with leadership and organizations. Whether it was the Advocates for Diverse abilities organization, the African Students Association, or the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Student Association, Shaw will be remembered for her immense impact and varied involvement on campus.


University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate student Peter Fox died on October 6, 2017. After graduating from Brookfield Central High School in 2014, Fox went on to study economics at UW-Madison. During his youth, Fox enjoyed playing hockey, football, and lacrosse. Peter loved spending time with his family and friends and will certainly be missed. 


University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate student Thomas Bernstein died unexpectedly on November 11, 2017. Raised in Madison, WI, Bernstein attended Orchard Ridge Elementary School and James Madison Memorial High School before pursuing a computer science degree at UW-Madison. Thomas will be remembered for his computer skills, love for animals, and the ability to tell jokes. 


University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Colin Rohm died on November 21, 2017. Born and raised in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Rohm earned a bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison in 2013, triple-majoring in mathematics, economics, and history. At the time of his death, Rohm was also pursuing a master’s degree in public affairs, a master’s degree in educational policy studies, and was working full-time as an academic advisor with Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS). He will be remembered for his dedication to the Madison academic community and his special connection with students.


University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Ian Santino passed away on November 28, 2017. After growing up in Bowling Green, Ohio, Santino studied environmental studies and biology at Oberlin College before coming to UW-Madison to study a master’s degree in science in landscape architecture. Ian loved to cook, especially vegan meals, and played the piano, guitar, saxophone, and mandolin. He will also be remembered for his compassion, honesty, peace, nonviolence, and intense concern for nature.


University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate student Noah Williams passed away on December 4, 2017. A salutatorian graduate of Warsaw Community High School, Williams went on to study physics and chemistry at UW-Madison. During his high school years, Williams participated in the Academic Superbowl in science, math, and interdisciplinary studies. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars. Williams will also be remembered for his passion for long-boarding, biking, and walking through nature.


University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate student Reuel Kumar passed away on December 15, 2017. As an undergraduate student, Kumar intended to major in genetics. Kumar will be deeply missed by family and friends.


University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Ronald Smith passed away on January 23, 2018. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Smith attended UW-Madison in 1993 for his undergraduate degree and walked on to the Badger football team before beginning his career in enzymology. Smith then went on to complete a master’s degree in biomedical sciences at Des Moines University in 2016, before returning back to UW-Madison for a master’s degree in bacteriology. Smith will be remembered for his lifelong aspirations to become a doctor, his perseverance, and courage.


University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate student Thomas Malone passed away on February 12, 2018. TJ was a 2014 graduate of Wauwatosa East High School and at the time of his death was a student at UW-Madison. As a student at UW-Madison, he pursued degrees in economics and political science. He will be deeply missed by the university, family, and friends. 


University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Doria Johnson died on February 14, 2018. Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, Johnson graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in general studies, department of history with honors. During the time of her death, Williams was pursuing a doctorate degree in U.S. history at UW-Madison. Her research interests included The Great Migration, African American suburbanization, Womanist theory, among various other subjects. Johnson is also remembered for her activism as she served on the United States Senate Steering Committee for the Apology of Lynching, as well as a U.S., representative for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.


University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate student Grant Richman passed away on April 20, 2018. Originally from New Berlin, Wisconsin, Richman intended to complete his undergraduate degree in biology this spring. While at the university, Richman was heavily involved in the medical field as he worked at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital for two years and was the acting president of the Wisconsin Pre-Medical Society. Richman also conducted cancer research at the UW Carbone Center. Known for his generosity, kindness, and love for the outdoors, Richman’s impact on family, friends, and the university will not be forgotten.