In Memory

Ronald Franzmeier - Class Of 1962

Ron was very popular with his 1962 classmates and was elected president of his June 1962 class. 
Ron Franzmeier died on January 20, 1991.

Ron Franzmeier was vice president of blood services with the Blood Center of Wisconsin and he had worked with Elmer Winter of Manpower, Inc.

Ron was so well respected that numerous awards were established in Ron's memory.

The "Ron Franzmeier Lifetime Achievement Award" was established by the Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals (ADRP)  in 1991 to honor Ron Franzmeier, former Vice President of The Blood Center of Southeastern Wisconsin. At the age of 46, Ron died on January 20, 1991, suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart arrhythmia caused by sarcoidosis, which had unknowingly invaded his system.

Ron was deeply committed to his community and to the concept of giving of oneself to help others develop. His one-to-one approach to employee development led to the emergence of many people who became national leaders in blood banking.

One of Ron's favorite phrases, borrowed from his mentor, Elmer Winter of Manpower, Inc., was "Organizations don't grow." The people within them grow...and the people keep pulling the organizations up with them." Ron's style of management and his approach to voluntarism both clearly reflected that belief, as he devoted his energies and time to skillfully opening doors and offering others the opportunity to step through to their own future.

"Ron Franzmeier Award for Extraordinary Volunteer Service"

"The Franzmeier Leadership Award" is established in fond memory of Ron Franzmeier, who was a member of the Volunteer Center Board of Directors.

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10/04/10 12:07 AM #1    

Jack N Porter (1962)

Ron was a great leader in our class of 1962---everyone knew and admired him and his death was a shock to all of us. If there is one word that describes what WHS taught us and what Ron epitomized--it was "Service"--- to our school, to our community, to our city, and to our country--Miss you, Ron!   yea, Tonia Toppers, Yea, Purgolders!  Jack Nusan (Jackie) Porter,  '62, Newton, Mass.

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