Room honors late professor emeritus

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Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:00 am

From the time he arrived at the Wisconsin State Teachers College at Platteville in 1949, Tom Hendrickson made his mark on the university. On May 8, the Tom Hendrickson Drawing Room was dedicated in the Art Building on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus.

In 1958, Hendrickson established the art major -- the first of its kind in the Wisconsin State Universities -- and designed a school seal that was used by UW-Platteville for many years.

He was a founding member of the UW-Platteville orchestra as well as the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, in which he played cello for 22 years.

Hendrickson retired as professor emeritus in 1989, after a 40-year career of teaching art. He died at age 71 on Jan. 1, 1994.

The room naming was made possible by gifts from Lyle Novinski, a 1956 industrial education major, and Hendrickson's son, also named Tom, who is a 1970 history alumnus.

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