1995 – First Lady Mary Fowler Rennebohm Dies

On this date Mary Fowler Rennebohm, wife of Wisconsin Governor Oscar Rennebohm, died. She graduated from the UW School of Commerce (now the School of Business) in 1920. Throughout her husband’s term, she was known for her impeccable hospitality, often entertaining several hundred guests and organizations each week, including President and Mrs. Truman, Hellen Keller, General Dwight Eisenhower, and several motion picture personalities. Mrs. Rennebohm was not only renowned for her hospitality but was also active within the Madison community. She collected a large library of books by Wisconsin authors, to be housed in the mansion. She was also very active in the Women’s Commerce Club, the American Red Cross, the Dane County Women’s Republican Club, the United Way of Dane County, the Girl Scouts, the YWCA, and the Attic Angel Association. She led a fundraising drive throughout Wisconsin, collecting pennies from school children. The final amount collected was $4,363.58 which was donated to help create the central fountain in front of the then-new United Nations building in New York City. [Source: by Nancy G. Williams, p.184-188]