January 25, 2019

Phillips native named an Outstanding Alumnus of UW-Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the university’s Alumni Association has named 25 Outstanding Alumni. In this group of notable graduates and students is the late Esther Bubley, who grew up in Phillips, Wisconsin.        
Bubley attended what is now UW-Superior in the early 1940s. She moved to the East Coast and began working in photography, first with the Office of War Information during World War II. Following the war, Bubley became one of the most recognized photographers in America, publishing in Ladies Home Journal, Life, and other popular magazines of the day. She did commissioned work for UNICEF, Standard Oil, and the government of France. In the 1960s, famed art photographer Edward Steichen included her work in his national traveling exhibit, “The Family of Man.” Bubley passed away in 1998. In 2010, the monograph “Fields of Vision: the Photography of Esther Bubley” was published by the Library of Congress.
Bubley and her fellow new inductees were added to the roll of Outstanding Alumni created in 1993 for the UW-Superior Centennial. Bios for the 25 Outstanding Alumni and a full listing of the original 100 may be viewed at uwsuper.edu/125Alumni.
The Alumni Association, with a history of more than 100 years, fosters lifelong pride and loyalty among alumni, students and friends of UW-Superior. During the anniversary year, the association is sponsoring a series of Alumni Forums on the university’s history and roles, and the publication of a commemorative anniversary book. More information about the university and Alumni Association’s anniversary activities is available at uwsuper.edu/125 and uwsuper.edu/alumni.




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