Robert D. Lorenz
1946 – 2019
With great sadness, we announce that Prof. Robert (Bob) Lorenz passed away peacefully this past Sunday, Jan. 27, in the presence of his loving family. After putting up a valiant fight against cancer for more than a year, his health worsened rapidly late last week, resulting in his admission into hospice care. It is hard to find words to express the deep sorrow that we feel at the loss of such a renowned and inspirational figure in our WEMPEC faculty for the last 35 years. We will miss him greatly, but we will strive to carry on his vision of technical excellence and community that he exemplified every day that he was with us.
Prof. Lorenz’s family and the WEMPEC faculty express our sincere gratitude to all of his international community of friends and colleagues for their loving support throughout this past year. It was a great source of comfort and strength for him that inspired him to strive so hard to continue working with his students right up to the middle of last week, a day before he was admitted into hospice care.
A Celebration of Life ceremony is planned in Madison on Saturday, Feb. 9, with a visitation on Friday, the day before. More details are posted on Prof. Lorenz’s Caring Bridge site here.
For more information about Prof. Lorenz’s life and legacy, please click this link.
WEMPEC will be planning special activities to celebrate Prof. Lorenz’s memory and legacy. We will distribute more information as plans develop.
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