Richard H. Zeitlin, Ph.D.
On December 3, 2008, Wisconsin Veterans Museum Director Richard H. Zeitlin, Ph.D. passed away. A published author, a respected historian, and an accomplished scholar, Rich led the Museum and Foundation for nearly three decades, overseeing the move of the facility from the State Capitol to 30 West Mifflin, and increasing the status of the Museum from a once quaint room of military relics to an internationally-known and revered military history institution. Rich took special enjoyment in hosting his friends and colleagues during the museum’s Distinguished Lecture Series, and was always impressed at the intelligence, interest, and caliber of our museum audience. While he is no longer with us, Rich’s legacy remains – in our exhibits, in our educational programs, and in our future – his vision for a grand showcase to honor the service and sacrifice of Wisconsin’s citizen-soldiers.
This memorial blog is a place to share stories about Rich, both personal and professional. Rich had a great number of people that cared for him – his family, close friends, co-workers, and fellow scholars – and the outpouring of support and emotion since his passing has been so great, it is only fitting that those stories reach a wider audience. So, please share your favorite story with us or just a few thoughts about Rich.
We offer his family and friends our sincerest condolences during this sad time. A special fund has been established by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation to honor the legacy and career of Dr. Zeitlin. Donations can be sent to:
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation
Attn: Richard Zeitlin Memorial Fund
PO Box 2657
Madison, WI 53701-2657