Alice L. Randlett, 74, a retired University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) professor, literacy researcher and Board of Directors member for Mid-State Technical College, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, on her birthday.
A memorial celebration will be held in her honor from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Alumni Room of the Dreyfus University Center at UWSP.
Memorial Donations may be made in her name to the Mid-State Technical College Scholarship Fund or to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (aspca.org).
Ms. Randlett was born Jan. 10, 1940, in Chicago, Ill, a daughter of the late Alice and Fred Schmatz. She lived most of her adult life in Stevens Point and traveled extensively.
She held a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in both English and psychology from UWSP, a master’s in library science from Rosary College and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from UW-Madison. Her dissertation, “How We Learn to be Remedial,” received the “Outstanding Dissertation of the Year” from the International Reading Association that hosted her presentation of that paper in Sweden in 1989.
In her 33-year career at UWSP, she served in many capacities, all devoted to the development of reading and writing programs being enhanced. In her work as an acquisitions librarian, she developed the Womens’ Studies collection (among others), which along with other work, helped to develop the Womens’ Studies Program at UWSP.
She was director for five years of the Central Wisconsin Writing Project, an interim director of the Tutoring-Learning Center where she co-taught a practicum course for tutors and was responsible for creating the Reading in the Disciplines Program.
She was a member of and presented papers for the American Reading Forum, the College Reading Association, the International Reading Association, the Wisconsin State Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.
Survivors include one son, Christopher J. Randlett; two grandsons, Benjamin and William Randlett; one sister-in law, Jacqueline “Archie” Schmatz; three nieces, Shirley (Scott) Hibner, Marlene (Dan) Pohl and Roberta Schmatz; one nephew, Robert Schmatz; five great-nephews; and two great-nieces.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, LeRoy and Robert Schmatz.