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Dr. James Cameron was a Milwaukee teacher, activist, writer and museum director.

6 Milwaukeeans who are especially missed

There are so many people who, during their lifetimes, contributed to make Milwaukee the fantastic city it is today.

Here are six of those individuals. Of course, there are many, many more, but the purpose of this list is to display the incredible mix of brilliant, passionate people who have lived and worked in Milwaukee. Add other notable Milwaukeeans who have passed via the Talkback feature or Facebook.

1. Dick Bacon

Dick Bacon is always at Bradford Beach in spirit.

Bacon, who passed away in 2000, is best known as a high-profile, year-round sunbather at Bradford Beach. However, he was also a brewery worker who was crowned Mr. Nude America, Mr. Nude Apollo and Mr. Nude Galaxy in the 1970s. Bacon worked as a nude artists' model and lobbied for a clothing-optional beach in Milwaukee, which he never achieved.

2. Dr. James Cameron

After surviving a lynching in Indiana in 1930, James Cameron went on to unjustly serve five years in prison, write a memoir and, in the 1980s, open the America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, which he operated until his death in 2006. Cameron worked tirelessly to diminish hatred and to spread numerous messages including "forgive but never forget."

3. Tim Cuprisin

Tim in the Journal Sentinel newsroom. (Photo: Zach Karpinski) couldn't create a list like this and not include Tim Cuprisin. Cuprisin joined in 2009 after many years with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Publisher Andy Tarnoff wrote this about Cuprisin, after he passed from melanoma in 2011: "His sense of unbiased, journalistic integrity served a model for our team of young and veteran journalists. In our brief time with Tim, he impacted all of us greatly with his professionalism, sense of humor and eagerness to embrace new media."

4. Mary Nohl

(Photo: Ron Byers)

Mary Nohl was an artist and recluse who transformed her Fox Point home into a work of art. It is known casually as "The Witch's House" but formally as The Mary Nohl Art Environment. Nohl primarily created sculpture from used concrete and found objects such as driftwood, wire and glass. However, the exterior and interior of her lakeside home were elaborately decorated as well. Nohl passed away in 2001.

5. Deb Usinger

Deb passed away in 2012 at the age of 58 from cancer. She was the great-grandchild of the company's founder and ran the 130-year-old company with her brother, Fritz. OnMilwaukee'com's Jeff Sherman wrote a tribute to her after she passed and called her "one of the area's biggest champions and most visible female entrepreneurs." Deb helped to develop the Milwaukee River Walk, chaired the Westown Association and funded many charitable causes.

6. Frank Zeidler

Frank Zeidler was mayor of Milwaukee from 1948 to 1960. During his three terms, Zeidler supported construction of public housing, creation of Wisconsin's first educational television station and numerous city beautification programs. He also made strong statements on behalf of civil rights. He passed away in 2006 of congestive heart failure.


blurondo | Aug. 1, 2015 at 12:20 p.m. (report)

John L. Doyne. Born in Gary, Indiana, Doyne entered Marquette University in 1930, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and a Law Degree from the Marquette University College of Law in 1937. He was a practicing attorney and businessman before serving as a member of the Wisconsin Assembly in 1941 and 1942. As the first member of the Wisconsin Legislature to go on active duty in World War II, he spent 42 months with the US Navy, participating in the Guadalcanal campaign and other south Pacific operations. Appointed Deputy County Treasurer in 1953 he served until 1954 when he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the County Board created by the death of his uncle, William P. Mike Lyons. He won election to the board in his own right in 1956 and became First Vice-chairman of that body. After serving as Acting Chairman of the County Board for 2 years during the illness of Chairman Lawrence J. Timmerman; he was elected Chairman in 1959 upon the death of Mr. Timmermann. Elected to the newly created office of County Executive on April 5, 1960, he took office on May 2, 1960 and served four consecutive terms of office before retiring in 1976.

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