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Former UW-Madison chancellor Irving Shain dies

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MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison is mourning the loss of former chancellor Irving Shain.

The university says Shain died Tuesday, March 6 after a brief illness. He was 92 years old.

Shain was a chemistry professor at UW before moving up to chancellor from 1977 to 1986.

Shain was instrumental in starting University Research Park, the business incubator on Madison's west side. UW-Madison says Shain also oversaw the establishment of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

"I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Irv on the Board of Trustees of University Research Park," says UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank. "Irv was always smart and strategic, while also having a wry sense of humor. His impact on this university is visible more than 30 years after he left. Irv Shain made UW better in many ways throughout his career on this campus. We will miss him and remember him."

A public gathering to remember his life will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cress Funeral Home, 6021 University Ave. Memorial donations can be made to the University of Wisconsin Foundation to support the Irv Shain Memorial Fund for Chemistry. All donations will go to support the Chemistry Department Building Fund.

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