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History of the Stained Glass

Owen Fennema, a food scientist and artist

Owen Fennema, a remarkable figure in the field of food science, left an indelible mark on those who knew him. His impact extended beyond his professional achievements as he profoundly influenced many students personal and academic journey.

Owen completed his formal education with a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1960. His tenure as a faculty member was marked by rapid advancement, including serving as the chair of the Department of Food Science. His crystal-clear lectures, akin to the purity of water and ice, captivated students. Owen’s research focused on these elements, as his legacy endure.

Owen Fennema, a true Renaissance man, not only left an indelible mark on the field of food science but also showcased his artistic talents beyond academia. his passion extended to woodworking, carpentry, and the intricate art of leaded glass design and construction.

Owen’s avocation in woodworking and carpentry allowed him to create functional and beautiful pieces; however, it was in the realm of leaded glass that he truly excelled. This art form required precision, creativity, and an understanding of light and color. Owen’s stained glass works adorned various spaces, casting vibrant hues and intricate patterns. his pieces became part of the fabric of UW-Madison, hanging in buildings where they added both aesthetic beauty and a touch of his soulful creativity.

Summarizing the remarkable contributions of Owen Fennema, a man of immense intellect, profound impact in his field of study, intrinsic leadership, and unwavering humanitarianism is a daunting task. His legacy defied simple descripting. However, it can be acknowledged the profound influence he has had on students and faculty alike.

In the words of Vince Lombardi, a sentiment that resonates with Owen’s commitment to excellence: “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence.” Owen embodied this commitment, leading behind monumental contributions.

To continue to effort of Owen, the Department of Food Science invite you to support the Owen R. Fennema Professorship in Food Chemisry that support food science faculty.