The passing of classmate Tim Harrington

The following  obituary was posted on June 25, 2000:

John Timothy (Tim) Harrington, MD was born on July 6, 1940 to John T. and Marcia McKenna Harrington in Madison, Wisconsin and died at Agrace Hospice on June 23, 2020.  Tim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on May 21, 2020 and opted to spend his remaining time at Agrace, in the company and comfort of dear friends and family.  He grew up in Madison within his parents’ extended families, and was educated and mentored at West High (1958), the University of Wisconsin (1962), and the UW School of Medicine (1965).

Tim left Madison for post-graduate training in internal medicine, immunology, and rheumatology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, and the University of Texas Southern Medical School in Dallas before joining the faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Tim returned to Madison in 1976 to practice rheumatology, and also held a Professorship of Medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health before retiring in 2012. Throughout his career, he was committed to improving patient care in his own practice and nationally. He consulted with many health systems and practices, co-authored two books based on his experiences, and received the Paulding Phelps (1993), Masters (2005), and Distinguished Clinician Scholar (2019) Awards from the American College of Rheumatology for his work. He enjoyed tennis, golf, music, cooking, travel, reading and UW sports with many friends and his family.

Tim is survived by two sisters and their spouses, Marcy Burth (Ron) and Eileen Harrington (Nadya Aswad), three children, their spouses, and six grandchildren: Mark (Jill), Ursula and Amelia; Jennifer Tomes (John), Alex and Katherine; and Christopher (Laura), Jack and Madeleine.

He felt a deep gratitude to this family and the Madison community for a wonderful life.  He asked that memorials in his name be made to Agrace Hospice, the Madison Community Foundation, and/or the University of Wisconsin Foundation.  Tim and his family extend deepest thanks to the wonderful staff at Agrace.

Due to risks associated with COVID 19, there will be no gathering or service for Tim.  He was a physician and strongly believed, until his last days, that we need to stay home, socially distance, wear masks, and avoid gatherings.

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Bonnie (Rejahl) Hamill

I received the following note from Denney Hamill about the passing of his wife Bonnie.

Denny provided a copy of the obituary below.


I wanted to let you know that Bonnie (Rejahl) Hamill passed away on April 25th. She was peaceful, asleep, and surrounded by family. Multiple illnesses finally overwhelmed her and she went quickly. She and I started dating in March of our senior year and she had great friends in our class. I have attached her obituary. Can you let our classmates know?
Thank you,
Denny Hamill”


Bonnie Jean Hamill (3/18/1940 – 4/25/2020)

2F38B097-0206-4779-957F-8BD1B10C51B5Bonnie Hamill passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Bonnie was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was adopted on her first birthday by her loving parents Clare and Thelma Rejahl. She lived in Beloit, Wisconsin for several years before moving to Madison, Wisconsin in 1947.

Bonnie met her future husband Denny when they were seniors at Madison West High School, and they went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison together. They were married during their junior year, on December 18, 1960, and had two daughters, Holly and Debbie. They lived in Boston, MA in between two stints in Midland, Michigan before settling in White Bear Lake, Minnesota where they spent 14 years.

Once her daughters reached middle school, Bonnie took a job as a secretary at the Minnesota Society for the Prevention of Blindness and Preservation of Hearing, a state-wide nonprofit with many successful programs for people of all ages. Just four years later, she was the executive director of the organization. Among her many accomplishments, she developed a home eye test that received national media attention and that was used by tens of thousands of people.

When Denny’s job took them from Minnesota to Austin in 1985, she took over the vision and hearing screening program for the Austin Independent School District (AISD). When IBM selected AISD as their partner for its Project A+ school-improvement program, Bonnie was tapped to manage that project for the school district, and she ultimately led the district’s strategic planning efforts.

Bonnie left AISD for the University of Texas-Austin to become the executive director of the Southwest Center for Accelerated Schools, a newly formed satellite center for the national accelerated schools’ program developed at Stanford University. She had an immeasurable impact on K12 schools throughout Texas and the Southwest. She excelled in the training of teachers and administrators and developed imaginative events and policies that served as a model for other centers throughout the country. When she retired in 2012, educators from across the state traveled to Austin for her celebration.

Bonnie had so many wonderful friends over the years and always enjoyed a good political discussion with them. She supported many organizations, especially those supporting women’s issues and animal issues. She was wonderful with pets and plants and communicated in her own way with both.

Bonnie’s greatest pleasures came with her grandchildren with whom she had incredibly close relationships. Grandchildren Lee, Grant, Lucy, and Kai were so important to her. She and Denny took the kids on trips to Disney World, Williamsburg, Washington, DC, New Orleans, Boston, California, and New York City, and as they each reached their early teens she and Denny took them to Europe.

The whole family was deeply saddened by Bonnie’s daughter Holly’s death in 2007, and she is still missed by all. Bonnie will be so missed by Denny, Debbie, Pat, Lee, Grant, Lucy, and Kai as well as her niece Lyn Pry and Lyn’s daughters Courtney and Kelley and their families, Denny’s siblings Tim Hamill (Bobbi), Gwendolyn Yoos (Ralph), Greg Hamill (Nancy), Bonnie’s recently found birth sister, Tina Palmer and many close friends. She was preceded in death by parents Clare and Thelma Rejahl, brother Rollyn Rejahl, sister-in-law Laurie Rejahl, and daughter, Holly.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an in-person celebration of life will be planned at a later date.  The family would enjoy any memories of Bonnie that people wish to share at the website

Donations in Bonnie’s memory can be made to The Humane Society or the Hydrocephalus Association.


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JoAnn (Friedman) Salin has new address

I just received word from JoAnn (Friedman) Salin that she has moved from Madison to Middleton.  I have updated the directory database.  Anyone wishing her new address, just send me a message, and I will email it to you.


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Can you identify #2

John Lorimer provided this memory photo from the past (1951) taken at Randall School.

Do you recognize anyone?

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Can you identify the classmates in this photo?

JoAnn Salin sent in the following photo from the “Past”.


(l to r) Trudy Johnson, Mary Aageson, Judy Dornfeld


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