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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Robert A. Ragotzkie - 1924-2021

November 8, 2021

Dear AOS Community,

The University of Wisconsin – Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences regrets to inform the passing of Robert A. Ragotzkie on 4 November 2021 at the age of 97.

The full obituary can be found at

Here is an email sent to the AOS department by Bob’s son, Pete.

Hello UW dept of Atmospheric and Oceanic sciences,

My father Robert A. Ragotzkie, died on Thursday November 4th, 2021. He taught oceanography and limnology courses (I think) through your department, and was the UW Sea Grant director for many years. I doubt if anyone currently in your department worked with my dad, but I thought you might want to have this news. I am working on his obituary, and hope to have it ready for next Sundays WSJ. His wife Elizabeth is hanging in there.

His DOB was September 13, 1924.

Sincerely, Pete Ragotzkie (son).