A few years have gone by since our beloved friend left the earth however she still has an impact today for the way she lived her life. Here is a photo I recently uncovered of our smiling, hugging and remarkable chancellor. Her passion for learning and eagerness for community, groundbreaking role, and leadership style are still present in my life. I thought I would google her name in honor and memory of her impact. I was delighted when I found this Guest Book still active to pause a moment and reflect. May God continue to bless those who carry Ann Lydecker in their hearts!!
Life passes us by so quickly that we don't often enough stop to think about those who meant alot to us or were intstrumental in our lives in some way. Why this came to mind, I have no idea, but I was pondering this subject and a person comes to mind. My sixth grade teacher, Ms. Ann Favor. So I think, "I wonder what Ms. Favor is doing today" so I google her name and find it. Then sadly I discover that she was tragically taken in an auto accident over 4 years ago. I don't know if this guest book is still "active," but I must make an entry. I knew Ms. Favor when I was 10/11 years old, I am 42 now and I never had the opportunity to see her again after that sixth grade year. I remember her as one of my favorite teachers as she was kind and had a way of motivating us out of our comfort zone to reach new horizons, even at 10 or 11 years old. I specifically remember her asking me to MC an evening program we did for parents, friends, and family, and I was scared to death. She convinced me to do it, encouraged me, and helped me as if I were her own. What a special lady. I recall that she lived in Ann Arbor at that time and I was a young avid University of Michgan football fan. On Monday mornings that fall, Ms. Favor used to talk football with me. What a great memory that is. I am deeply, deeply saddened to learn of her death. For anyone who may still read this, please know that there is one 42 year old man that remembers Ann Favor from over 30 years ago and it's amazing how years bring back fondness of those who really meant so much to us!!! God be with you Ms. Favor! And God be with your family.
Hannah and I extend our deepest sympathy on the tragic death of Chancellor Ann Lydecker. She will be missed.
My condolences to the family and friends of Ann, as well as fellow students who had the opportunity of knowing her. She will be greatly missed but also greatly remembered.
Ann had a true gift for inspiring those around her. I was one of the many she unselfishly mentored through the years, and I am so grateful for her life and memory.
My condolences go out to Chancellor Ann Lydecker’s family during this very difficult time. Ann was such a great person, leader, mentor and a friend. She was a true inspiration to everyone that she worked with and had a chance to meet. She had great visions and dreams for this university and I have strong feelings that they will be carried on. Dr. Lydecker knew the things that were truly important in life- faith, her family, education, love, hope, joy, laughter, hugs, and optimism. These are all precious gifts that she shared with us and they will always be ours as long as we continue to hold her dreams for us in our hearts.. I had the opportunity to work with Ann through Student Senate and other numerous organizations. Whether it was off campus functions, meetings, banquets or being at her house with fellow Senators, she was always fun and was delightful to be around and I will never forget the good times that we had. She always had the time to talk to me if I needed to talk. She was always full of enthusiasm and always had a smile on her face, which made her such a great person to be around. Even through she was only here at UW-RF for a short time, it is absolutely amazing to see how many lives that she touched and how many people she inspired. No matter what she was doing she always had time for students and others if they had concerns and needed to talk. She was the most genuine person that I have known. Ann, you have touched my life and many others in ways that you will never know. Even though she was the Chancellor, her responsibilities never outweighed her values and she was our friend Thank you for always believing in me and knowing that I could do my best. You will never know how much that meant to me. You will be greatly missed and may God bless you for all that you did.-
Brandon Bruder - Student Senate Vice President,2004 Chancellor's Award Recipient
Ann is the reason why this campus is the way it is. She fought to make sure that all of the students were in a safe and caring environment. She will be greatly missed by all. She was our leader, and our friend.
Ann will remain an inspiration to me. A wonderful, good person, higher education will miss her greatly.
My wife Arla and I first met Dr. Lydecker at my 45th class reunion. She immediately showed her friendship to me and my wife. She remembered us at Alumni functions and invited us to an alumni Badger Football game in Madison the past two years. We both mourn her passing and for her grandchildren who she spoke of so often. We extend our sympathy to her entire family.
John E. Clemons M.D. and wife Arla.
I had the pleasure of meeting Chancellor Lydecker at the Wisconsin Economic Summit in Milwaukee last year as a UW-Whitewater delegate. After introducing herself, her first question to me was, "Do you know where River Falls is?" The conversation went on from there, but those 10 minutes showed me how dedicated she was to her school, students, and the UW System. She will be sorely missed.
You will be missed. My heart goes out to the family!
My sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Ann and the staff and students who had grown to know and love this vibrant lady. Ann was a role model at Bridgewater State College and a wonderful college liason for the Taunton area branch of the American Association of University Women. I feel so privileged to have known and worked with her. I share your sorrow and your pain.
I was stunned by the news and could only reflect on how she always worked to give people opportunities to pursue their dreams. She has left us but she will not be forgotten.
Kevin D. Curry
Professor of Biology
Bridgewater State College
In dealing with Ann as a student journalist and as the former co-chair of the UW-River Falls Gay/Straight Alliance, Ann was always wonderful to deal with. She always made time for Student Voice reporters and made an effort to make you feel at home in her office. She wasn't out to intimidate anyone and it was always a nice change of pace as Ann would take time after an interview to ask a few questions of her own. She genuinely cared about her students--a rare thing among many administrators. UW-RF will move on because it has to but it will never be the same.
As a student at UWRF, I feel honored to have meet and talked with Chancellor Lydecker many times over the course of my college career. When ever I would see her at a dinner or a rally, it seemed her personal mission to meet every single person there and have a conversation with each of them, no matter how small a talk it was. I feel lucky to have meet such a strong role model and mentor of so many, including myself. Her death is a great tragedy as she had so many lives yet to touch with her warmth, friendliness, and generosity. Those people I feel most sad for, those who will never know what a truly wonderful person she was. Chancellor Lydecker, you are gone, but you will never be forgotten.
Rich and Andrew, I was shocked and saddened to learn of your moms passing.
No words can help with the pain you are feeling, but I hope your faith guides you through this difficult time. You all will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Thanks for everything you gave us here at UW-River Falls.
The news of the Chancellor's death greeted me as I sat down for work Thursday. Thinking back a few years I remember sitting in Knowles, waiting to sing for the new Chancellor's Installation ceremony. Our new chancellor was not only the first Female chancellor in UWRF History, but she really seemed to care for the students. Everytime I saw her on campus she would have a smile and "Hi" or a "Hello" for each passing student. Her ever present forward thinking and sense of one great big campus family will be missed.
Ann was one of the most student-oriented leaders I have ever known. Her passion for education and for the people she knew were unmatched, and her warmth toward everyone she knew was inspirational. I am fortunate to have had her as a friend.
Ann, you will be greatly missed.
I never knew or was allowed the privilege to speak with Chancellor Lydecker, but a few weeks prior to her death, I wrote a story for our student newspaper, the (UW-P) Exponent about Women's History Month and became acquainted with some of the wonderful things she stood for. In writing a piece for our paper about her, I've come see the vision of the happy Ann Lydecker everyone is talking about. My thoughts are with her family and the UW-River Falls community.
When someone in a position such as Ann's dies, it is rare that anything negative is said about them. We are all quick to say the first good thing we can about that person, regardless of their true character. With Ann, though, good things are naturally what come to mind. The struggle isn't finding something good to say about her, but rather it is in keeping the list of good things short. She was an exceptional person and will be greatly missed.
My heart aches for Rich, Bill, and the rest of Ann’s family. You are in my prayers.
I was a student at the University when Ann was installed as Chancellor. But I got to know her quite well in the days leading to graduation. It was the private moments with her that were truly special. I remember her warm and sincere smile with every greeting. The first time I saw her smile up close, she invited me to her office to get acquainted. She collected cows, (figurines) and told me how she came to receive some of them. She spoke of her family, and shared details of real trials and tribulations that most would only share with friends. Whether at graduation, in her home, or out walking with her grandchildren in a stroller, she always treated me as a friend. Life is short but I am convinced that our friend Ann Lydecker lived hers to the fullest. I miss her.
Ann was such a great person. She went above and beyond her duties as the chancellor at UWRF. I remember talking to her and just feeling her kindness spread over everyone she came in contact with. She was so supportive for many organizations, sporting events, and our educations. Ann will be greatly missed.
Dr. Lydecker's greatest gift was her time, which she gave to each one of us regardless of title, position, race, or station in life. Her smily face will be the picture that I will keep in my memory. May all the memories help your loved ones through these sad times.
My condolences go out to Chancellor Ann Lydecker’s family during this very difficult time. Ann was such a great person, leader, mentor and a friend. She was a true inspiration to everyone that she worked with and had a chance to meet. She had great visions and dreams for this university and I have strong feelings that they will be carried on. Dr. Lydecker knew the things that were truly important in life- faith, her family, education, love, hope, joy, laughter, hugs, and optimism. These are all precious gifts that she shared with us and they will always be ours as long as we continue to hold her dreams for us in our hearts.. I had the opportunity to work with Ann through Student Senate and other numerous organizations. Whether it was off campus functions, meetings, banquets or being at her house with fellow Senators, she was always fun and was delightful to be around and I will never forget the good times that we had. She always had the time to talk to me if I needed to talk. She was always full of enthusiasm and always had a smile on her face, which made her such a great person to be around. Even through she was only here at UW-RF for a short time, it is absolutely amazing to see how many lives that she touched and how many people she inspired. No matter what she was doing she always had time for students and others if they had concerns and needed to talk. She was the most genuine person that I have known. Ann, you have touched my life and many others in ways that you will never know. Even though she was the Chancellor, her responsibilities never outweighed her values and she was our friend Thank you for always believing in me and knowing that I could do my best. You will never know how much that meant to me. You will be greatly missed and may God bless you for all that you did.
-Brandon Bruder- student, 2004 Chancellor’s Award Recipient
Thankyou for all you have done for the campus. Ramer will miss its biggest fan!
My deepest sympathy to the Lydecker family. May God hold you in His arms and give you peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and the UW-River Falls campus community.
You will be missed. My prayers and support are with you Marty and Rich.
I close my eyes and remember Ann's beautiful smile as if she were sitting here with me. I remember my trip to UW -River Falls to meet Ann and how proud she was of her "cow" collection. Ann was a woman of wisdom and fierce compassion. Her dignity, wise counsel and generous spirit will be missed. With sympathy, Kris Andrews.
No matter what requests I made of Ann, she always responded cheerfully. I shall always remember her helpfulness. But even more, I will cherish her warmth and friendship.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Ms. Lydecker. Her work at River Falls was known by people like me who never met her but heard of the work she did to make that institution a success.
My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of great loss.
Ann was an inspiration to everyone. She was a great leader and role model to many, including myself. I had the opportunity to visit with her often when I interned for the Kansas City Chiefs. She was always visible, with a smile on her face. She will never be forgotten.
A true leader for the West Central Wisconsin Region. She will be deeply missed both as a leader and a friend.
To have earned the position of Chancellor, Ann was one of the most down-to-earth people I have known. She had a wondefully ability to make all around her comfortable because she was so comfortable in her own skin. Ann knew herself well and conveyed a quiet confidence in her work. Ann was a person of qualities all too rare today and she will remember and greatly missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with the university and especially with the family. May God comfort you in this time of loss. Ann Lydecker was a great leader at the university and will be greatly missed.
Ann Lydecker not only was unique in the fact she was the first female Chancellor at UW-River Falls. But also in the way she shaped and molded the university into what it is today. We both began our journey at UW-RF together in August 2000 and it is unfortunate the time I have known her has suddenly run short. I will never forget having a conversation with her at a University of Wisconsin System meeting in Madison. It was my freshman year and I was a member of the Jazz Ensemble, which was there to represent UW-RF among the other UW schools. She sat with me at the piano and talked about what musical instruments she played and how much she was looking forward to hearing our performance. As many people already know, Ann truly was a personable and approachable human being. She will never be forgotten and her legacy will live on at UW-RF and in all the people she has inspired.
Ann had an amazing blend of talents, but her smile and her wonderful warm generous spirit are what many of us will always treasure. My sympathy to Bill, Rich and the rest of the family at this time.Peace My Friend Ann
I had the pleasure of meeting Ann Lydecker at a conference a few years ago. The compassion she had for UWRF and western Wisconsin was truly inspirational. My thoughts and prayers are with all who knew her.
I had only met Ann several weeks back at a UW System Dinner, but she has left me with an everlasting impression of accomplishment and energetic enthusiasm. On behalf of the students of University of Wisconsin- Superior our heart felt sympathies go out to the Lydecker family and to the UW- River Falls Community.
University of Wisconsin- Superior
Student Government Association
I remember talking to Ann at graduation three months ago. I was so sick with a cold and I was waiting in line to walk into the gym. I felt so miserable, wanting the ceremony to go by quickly. But then, Ann came up to me, smiled, and reminded me to smile because it was a special day. I will never forget that. My deepest sympathy to her husband, family, and friends.
I will miss the hugs from you everytime we had met or when our paths crossed. You were and always will be an inspiration to me. Your wisdom and devotion to students will not be forgotten. I am thankful for our close friendship we had during my years at UWRF and after graduation. I will always miss you Ann. God Bless you.
Although I did not know Chancellor Lydecker personally, I did occasionally see her on campus. She always had the time to smile and say hello - she will be greatly missed at UWRF. My prayers and condolences to her friends and family.
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Ann Lydecker. I only met her a couple of times when she first started at UW-River Falls, but as a student reporter, interviewing Chancellor Lydecker was not only a pleasure, but an education. God bless her and her family in their time of sadness.
Ann lifted spirits by simply walking into the room. She was fearless and compassionate. She will never know the people she influenced so greatly. I will miss her deeply.
As a student at UWRF, I have had the esteemed privelege to work with Chancellor Lydecker over the past few years. She was an incredible woman, professional, and friend whom I feel extremely blessed to have known. Chancellor Lydecker's legacy will continue to impact our campus forever. She will be missed but never forgotten. God Bless Chancellor Lydecker, her family and friends, and all of the students, faculty, and staff of UWRF.
Chancellor Lydecker was an inspiration to the university, the students, staff and community. She will be sadily missed by all.
You are in our prayers.
Ann was a talented and highly respected colleague of mine here at Gustavus Adolphus College, and her contributions to our academic programs and her devotion to teaching were outstanding. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Thanks for the memories, Dr. Lydecker. You made a positive impression on the UW-RF campus community. Your strength, insight, and hugs will be missed by students, faculty, and staff.
"...and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
Agricultural Education Department
Dr. Lydecker was an amazing women. She supported our Greek community on campus very much. She will be greatly missed. Once last Spring Student Senate was allowed to go to her house for dinner and a discussion. I walked in and we were wearing the same thing. I modified mine a bit. She will be greatly missed on the UWRF campus!
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ann during their grieving this difficult loss.
I'm deeply sorry for your loss. Chancellor Lydecker will be missed by the students of the University.
a very very deep sorrow from a St. Cloud State university student. I am a regular vistor at UWRF as my girlfriend and a number of good friends attend there. I have always been very impressed with the university and enjoy visiting regularly. I just want everyone at UWRF and the River Falls community to seek comfort and healing in this time of grieving. God bless all of you.
My deepest sympathy to the Lydecker family.
My prayers are with your family and friends during this difficult time.
I did not know her personally, but my experiences as a student at UW-River Falls prove to me that she was an excellent leader. She will be greatly missed by the students.
May the thoughts and prayers of others bring comfort and peace to you in your time of sorrow.
Deborah B. Cureton, CEO and Dean
University of Wisconsin-Richland
Chancellor Lydecker was a true inspiration to all students and staff on the UWRF campus as well as the community. She has always supported the greek community, the philanthropy work that we do, as well as talk with us on a social level. She will be greatly missed.
I am very saddened by the death of Chancellor Ann Lydecker. She was a wonderful leader with a positive perspective on life. Her beautiful smile and personal warmth will be missed. My deepest sympathy to her family, friends and colleagues.
My deepest condolences to the Ann Lydecker family. Her death is truly a great loss, not only for Ann's family and the UW-River Fall's community, but for the entire University of Wisconsin System. She will be greatly missed by those of us who had the great fortune of knowing her and working with her. She is a wonderful colleague and friend and I feel blessed to have known her.
We take one look at our lives, we run the rat race, always in a hurry and moments like this tell us to sit back and enjoy what the world has to offer!! I never met her personally, but I am sure she had great qualities that possess what every great person has. I was reading the startribune this morning and saw what had happen! It makes my heart sink, I too had a great friend that worked at a university in Kansas and the same thing happened to her. I was pleased to see that a guest book was up and running so quickly!! My prayers are with everyone who reads this and especially to her family!!
God Bless us all!!
My heart felt sympathies to Ms. Lydecker's family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all University of Wisconsin - River Falls faculty staff and students.
Chancellor's Award Recipient 2004
Ann has been a wonderful colleague and friend and she will be greatly missed. However, her zeal for her life's work and her contributions to UW-River Falls and the region will live on. We will all remember and take guidance from her energy, enthusiasm and wisdom.
TODAY IS A VERY SAD DAY. I HAVE MY GRADUATION PLAQUE HANGING UP IN MY OFFICE AT WORK. ON THAT PLAQUE IS A PICTURE OF ANN HANDING ME MY DIPLOMA. SHE WILL BE MISSED FOREVER!!!
It was not quite three years ago that I first met Ann. I had the privilege to be a member of a panel presentation that was organized as part of the week-long celebration preceding her inauguration as Chancellor. I knew after a brief meeting that she was a special person who would bring extraordinary energy and good work to River Falls and to the UW System. I was never disappointed in my first impression because Ann never failed to live up to this expectation.
I know I am joining a very large group of people who will miss her greatly. She has left us with a legacy to carry on, that of a quality education for all. I wish to convey my deepest sympathy to her family and her friends.
As a student, I really didn't get to know the Chancellor. I meet her only a couple of times. She handed me my diploma in December 2002; I will always remember that day, and therefore her.
I've heard nothing but praise about Ann. I wish I could have gotten to know her...
Thank you for all you have done for the Univeristy. We will miss your presence at Ramer in the fall!
I met Ann a number of times, the most recent was just after her return from China, were she was promoting UWRF food preparation. We were on the Andiamo, at an alumni event in Stillwater. Very personable lady....UWRF will miss her.
My condolences go out to the family of Chancellor Lydecker. I'm so very sorry.
Ann was a great gift to the University--River Falls will miss her.
My heartfelt sympathies to the campus and others who worked closely with the Chancellor. She has touched many, many lives.
Perhaps most sad is the loss to her husband, son, grandchildren, and other close family. May her joy of life be an anchor for them as they grieve.
To the Family of Dr. Lydecker,
Remember that your loss is shared by many friends who care and that you're in our thoughts and hearts and in our every prayer. May you find the courage to face tomorrow in the love that surrounds you today.
I was terribly saddened to hear of Ann's passing. As an adult learner at Mankato State, I found Ann to be inspirational, innovative, and passionate about teaching. She will remain one of my most favorite teachers and a role model for all women in academia. Our world is diminished by her passing. She will be truly missed.
My heart goes out to the chancellor's family and friends.
As a UW-River Falls graduate of 1975, I cherish the time I spent on campus.
Through the good work of the chancellor, many more students can say the same.
We will miss her.
I don't know Ann but I do know my girl Lori Clark does and I know she's devastated about this tragic event. Lori just started working with the UW-RF not too long ago in the Department of Business and Economic Development. She has mentioned to me how fond of Ann she is. That she shows compassion in all she does and that her hearts desire was to provide the best education and learning experience possible for the students of UW-RF. To the family of Ann and to all whose hearts she has touched, I am so sorry. May the peace of our Lord be with you all.
I am very sorry to hear about the death of Chancellor Lydecker. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and her friends.
Ann was a friend and a mentor. She always had time for a cup of coffee and a quick conversation no matter how busy she was. I will miss her and her constant encouragement.
I am deeply sorry to hear about the loss of our Chancelor Ann Lydecker. Although I did not personally know her, I could still feel her presence here at the campus. She will be greatly missed by all.
As a student senator at UWRF, I have established a relationship with Ann. She is the kind of person that all of us should strive to be. Warm smiles, loving hugs, and genuine concern for our well being greeted all of us every time we met with her. Chancellor Lydecker was a truly wonderful human being. I send my condolences to her family and especially her grandchildren, who's smiling faces will dearly miss her.
You were truly an inspiration. It was a privledge to know and work with and for you. You will never be forgotten.
Chancellor Lydecker was always willing to meet with the students of UWRF. She was a great role model for women, and will be greatly missed! My prayers go out to her family!
Although I never had the opportunity to meet her, I know she greatly touched many lives of those I know. God Bless
This is a tremendous loss to the River Falls campus. Chancellor Lydecker was an optimistic woman who had a strong belief in her students and staff. I had the chance to interview the Chancellor while taking a broadcast journalism class-I'm now very thankful for that opportunity. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
I am a recent graduate of UWRF and I know that River Falls will miss her greatly. She had such a wonderful spirit.
Bill, Rich and family,
I am distressed to learn of Ann's death. She was a terrific lady who made great contributions to education. I'll always remember her lovely smile. My thoughts and prayers go out to you!
Ann Lydecker was an awesome person. I was fourtunate enough to interview her while I was News Director at WRFW-FM. She will be greatly missed.
I feel sorry for her husband and all her family. She was always on her way somewhere but she never would fail to stop and talk even if it was a good morning.... How are you and what is your major? I know we will all miss her.
This is a devastating loss for the Lydecker family, for the University and for the community of River Falls. Having been a 2002 grad of RF, I am sad for this loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
I didn't know Mrs. Lydecker but I am praying for her soul and the for the healing of her family.
Our hearts cannot contain the shock and grief we feel to learn of the loss of Ann. She is a truly amazing person who has left her mark on everyone and everything she has touched.
Dick & Kathie Martin
I'm so sorry. I'm stunned, and numb. I know our relationship wasn't the strongest, but my heart still aches for the family, (especially you Rich), Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.