Paul Stuart Peercy, age 75, of Madison passed away peacefully
October 20, 2016, at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg after a lengthy illness.
He was born November 26, 1940, in Monticello, Ky., the third of six children of Robert and Ernest (Bell) Peercy.
Raised on a farm, Paul graduated from Berea College in Kentucky and received his MS and PhD in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He was a researcher, manager, leader, educator, and loving husband,father, and grandfather.
He married Cathy Christen of Dodgeville in 1965. His career took him to Bell Labs in New Jersey before 27 years at Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque, where he and Cathy raised sons Michael and Mark.
In 1995 Paul became president of the semiconductor manufacturing supplier consortium SEMI/SEMATECH in Austin, Texas.
He returned to Madison in 1999 as the Dean of the College of
Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, retiring from that
position with Emeritus Status in 2013.
He served as member and officer in numerous science, engineering,and educational organizations.
He was a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
A well-respected advisor, Paul served on the Board of Directors of Bemis Company, Inc., Sonic Foundry, Inc., Mason Wells, Meriter Hospital, and Thrive. Devoted to service, he also held many positions of leadership in the churches he attended.
He is survived by his wife Cathy; children—Michael (Suzanne Kuo) and Mark (Shellie); grandchildren—Nathan, Brendan, Aaron, Kevin, and Jaden; his brothers—Bob (Wilma) and Larry (Sharlett); his sisters—Barbara (Raymond) and Betty; and his sister-in-law—Carolyn Christen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law—Helen; sister Virginia; brothers-in-law—Rick Givan, Roger Christen, and Roland Christen, and sister-in-law—Connie Christen.
A private burial will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery outside Dodgeville.
Announcement of a public memorial service is forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers, gifts to Agrace Hospice Care, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the Peercy Undergraduate Tutoring Scholarship (UW Foundation), or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Cress Funeral and Cremation Service in charge of arrangements.
Published on October 25, 2016