UConn People – September 2020

If you would like to submit a passing, retirement, notable birthday, achievement or a family event of a UConn employee or retiree for consideration, please email to work@uconn.edu.


Clint Morse, the plant growth facilities manager for the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, retired on April 1, 2020, after more than 26 years at UConn. He devoted his career to the preservation, accessibility, and growth of the EEB Biodiversity Greenhouse’s collections.  With nearly 3,000 species from around the globe, the Greenhouse contains one of the most diverse living plant collections in the country, including the 2019 acquisition of over 200 rare ginger species from the lab of Dr. W. John Kress of the Smithsonian Institution.

In Memoriam

John Bilts, 76, of Windham Center, Conn., who retired in 2009 from Facilities Operations, on Sept. 4.

James Donaldson III, 78, of West Hartford, Conn., a retired faculty member at UConn Health who was the Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic for 12 years and the Chief of Neurology and acting Chairman of the Neurology Department for six years, on Sept. 20.

Dale Dyer, 71, of Willington, Conn., a former employee in dining services, on Sept. 16.

Cheryl Heilig, 69, of Bloomfield, Conn., a retired library clerk at UConn Health who then became a volunteer there, on Aug. 31.

Wayne Marcotte, 88, of Storrs, Conn., a former professor of aerospace studies and commander of the Air Force ROTC Cadet Corps, on August 26.

Donald Wetherell, 92, of Storrs, Conn., a professor of plant physiology from 1958 to 1989, on Sept. 8.