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Member of Beloit College board of trustees, Dr. Eugene W. Zeltmann, passes away

Beloit College President Scott Bierman announced in an email to the campus community on Tues, Feb. 27 that Dr. Eugene W. Zeltmann’62, board of trustees member and former president and CEO of the New York Power Authority, had passed away the previous Saturday following a battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

“We all know Gene to have been an exemplar of all that is great about being a Beloiter,” President Bierman wrote. “He was principled, smart, loyal, balanced, loving, generous, and completely authentic.” 

After graduating from Beloit College with degrees in chemistry and political science, Dr. Zeltmann earned his master’s degree and his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. He went on to work as an executive for General Electric Company before starting his position at New York Power Authority, the largest state public power utility in the United States. Dr. Zeltmann’s work at both organizations was directed toward environmental and economic sustainability regarding power generation, and he stressed the importance of workplace safety.

30 trustees remain on the Beloit’s board, most of them alumni of the college. Stopher D. Bartol’88 is the current chair of the board. In 1998, Bartol founded, a website that hosts obituaries and memorials for about three quarters of deaths in the United States.

Now among those on is Dr. Zeltmann’s memorial, which mentions that he enjoyed travelling and socializing throughout his retirement, and that he is survived by his wife, two children, three grandchildren, and sister. “We are deeply diminished by this loss. But, we are all so much richer from having had Gene as such an important part of our lives,” President Bierman’s email said, adding that Dr. Zeltmann’s family asks that donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in lieu of flowers.

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