In Gratitude and Remembrance

Posted on Oct 26, 2018
The University of Wisconsin-Superior will forever remember Jim Swenson with deep gratitude for the lasting legacy he left behind.

UW-Superior and the UW-Superior Foundation are deeply saddened by the passing of Jim Swenson on October 5. Jim was born and raised in Superior, and attended UW-Superior for several years before transferring to UMD where he graduated with a chemistry degre

UW-Superior and the UW-Superior Foundation are deeply saddened by the passing of Jim Swenson on October 5. Jim was born and raised in Superior, and attended UW-Superior for several years before transferring to UMD where he graduated with a chemistry degree in 1959. Jim’s wife Sue, also a Superiorite, graduated from UW-Superior with an elementary education certificate.

Jim and Sue, and their Swenson Family Foundation, have been extremely generous supporters of UWS and its students. The Swenson Family Scholarship program is the most prestigious scholarship offered through the UWS Foundation, funding nearly 40 full-tuition four-year scholarships each year. Since 1994, nearly 900 annual Swenson Scholarships have been awarded to bright and talented students.

Each year Jim and Sue looked forward to meeting their incoming freshmen Swenson Scholars at an ice cream social held in the fall, and attended their Swenson Dinner held each spring for all Swenson Scholars. They often said those were the “best days of their year.” Getting to know the students and learning about their families, hobbies, and academic goals were important and meaningful to Jim and Sue.

Their philanthropy also goes well beyond scholarship support. They funded the university’s newest state-of the art academic facility, Swenson Hall, as well as summer undergraduate research fellowships, academic programs, and so much more.

Jim was known for his big heart and unwavering commitment to family and friends. His devotion to the university along with his true passion to help students succeed will be greatly missed, but his legacy and entrepreneurial spirit will live forever.

News Contact: Sarah Libbon | 715-394-8516 | slibbon{atuws}
In Gratitude and Remembrance
Posted on Oct 26, 2018
The University of Wisconsin-Superior will forever remember Jim Swenson with deep gratitude for the lasting legacy he left behind.
Jim Swenson talks with students at the Swenson Scholars dinner.

Jim Swenson talks with students at the Swenson Scholars dinner.