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Phillip R. Certain


The following statement was read by Prof. Bassam Shakhashiri
at the October 4, 2021 Faculty Senate Meeting:

Phil Certain, emeritus professor of chemistry and emeritus dean of the College of Letters and Science, died on August 11, 2020 in Madison.

He was 76 years old and had lived gallantly for several years with progressive supranuclear palsy.

Phil was recognized as a scientist, teacher, scholar, administrator, and community leader.

Phil was admired for his integrity, dignity, and decency in all aspects.

Phil was deeply committed to broadening access to the university and to increasing diversity among students and faculty.

He recruited and mentored women and underrepresented minorities for faculty and staff appointments and for academic leadership positions.

Phil was a caring colleague and leader.

Colleagues, please read the two gifts he left us.

Phil was a remarkable man whose actions and contributions shall help generations live the Wisconsin Idea.

Phil Certain, for 50 years, was my very special friend.

Watch a video of these remarks being read

Read the Full Memorial Resolution of the Faculty of UW–Madison
on the Death of Emeritus Professor and Emeritus Dean Phillip R. Certain