Wittchow Named Distinguished UW FDL Alumni

The University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac has selected Scott Wittchow, retired managing editor of Action Publications, to receive its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.


Wittchow was with Action Publications for 22 years before retiring in 2011. An active community volunteer, he received both the Cheers for Volunteers Outstanding Business Volunteer award and was the recipient of the first Leadership Fond du Lac Alumni Award in 2003.


Born and raised on a farm near Rosendale, Wittchow attended UW-Fond du Lac from 1969 through 1971 and played basketball under Coach Dick Knar. He then transferred to UW-Oshkosh where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism.


Locally, he serves on the Fond du Lac Area Foundation Board and is a member of Fond du Lac Noon Kiwanis. He has previously served as a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Board, American Red Cross Fond du Lac Chapter, Leadership Fond du Lac Board, Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District of Kiwanis International Board, Peace Lutheran Church of Rosendale Church Council and the Citizens Advisory Council to International Paper. He served on the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation Board of Directors until last year.


In 2000, Wittchow became a bone marrow donor to Nicola Coates, a young woman from Great Britain who was fighting a third round of cancer. His donation extended her life another 10 years before the cancer returned and took her life three years ago.


He will be honored at the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation’s annual donor and scholarship reception on Oct. 2 in the University Center Commons.


This is the tenth year the university has presented this award. Past recipients include Brenna Garrison-Bruden (2004); Don Noe (2005); Paul Rosenfeldt (2006); Robert (Bob) Carew (2007); Oscar Kraus (2008); Sandi Roehrig (2009); Mark Stand (2010); Kim Mooney (2011) and William (Bill) Lamb (2012).


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