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Charles P. Salamun and the late Lorraine Salamun

Charles P. Salamun and the late Lorraine Salamun (d. 2019), are the son and wife of Peter J. Salamun and made this gift in his honor and memory on behalf of the entire family.

Professor Emeritus Peter J. Salamun (1919-2014) was born in 1919 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, Peter graduated high school (1937) and Milwaukee State Teachers College later renamed UW-Milwaukee (1941). He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and was assigned to the Eleventh Air Corp as a Weather Observer stationed in Alaska where he helped in the planning of combat missions in the Pacific Theater. Post-war, Peter continued his education at UW-Madison earning his Master’s (1947) and PhD. (1950).

A professor and Chairman of the Botany Department at UW-Milwaukee, he retired after 36 years of service. His students work as secondary and university educators, naturalists, researchers and municipal horticulturalists across the nation. Professor Salamun was instrumental in developing the UW Field Station at the Saukville Bog Area. He was also a founding member of the Wisconsin chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and a published authority on the flora and geology of the Great Lakes.


The family of Peter J. Salamun honors his memory and legacy at UWM through this gift.