Roger Bannerman
1945 - 2020
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Roger Bannerman
July 2, 1945 - October 15, 2020
Madison, WI
Roger Trevor Bannerman, aged 75, of Madison died October 15, 2020, at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, WI after living with advanced prostate cancer for several years. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane, and their two children Eric of Madison and Julie (Juan Ponce Vázquez) of Tuscaloosa, and by his grandsons Santiago Ponce Bannerman and Alejandro Ponce Bannerman. He is also survived by his two siblings, Brian (Bonnie) and Gillian (John Martella), and sister-in-law Cathy Tesar (George). He is further survived by other relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Doreen Bannerman, and his parents-in-law, Ladislav and Katherine Krno.
Roger was born July 2, 1945, in London, England to his father, Raymond, an American serviceman, and his mother, Doreen, a British citizen. After a childhood with frequent moves due to his father's army career, his family settled in Pacific Grove, CA where he graduated from high school in 1963. After receiving his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Humboldt State University, he drove across the country to begin graduate school at UW Madison in the Water Chemistry Program. While in graduate school he met his future wife, Jane. Roger and Jane married in 1971 and settled in Madison.
Roger worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and retired with 40 years of state service. After retirement, he worked for the United States Geologic Survey. Roger was instrumental in developing the State of Wisconsin's stormwater management program. He conducted groundbreaking stormwater research that is still recognized nationally and internationally as fundamental to this science. Roger had a unique ability to build coalitions across industry and government to fund research projects that provided the data that formed the basis of many of DNR's stormwater rules. He developed a deeply personal approach to advocating for the use of science in resource management. He genuinely loved working with others, and he mentored university faculty, graduate students, fellow water quality staff, DNR administrators and the public to build understanding. Roger had a rare mixture of expertise, curiosity, generosity and compassion that was obvious to anyone who worked with him.
Roger loved walking, biking, camping, canoeing, cross country skiing, and sharing his love of the outdoors with others. He enjoyed hiking on trails in local state parks and in the UW Arboretum where he and Jane were volunteer stewards. Roger and Jane enjoyed canoeing with family and friends on local lakes and rivers. They spent over 30 years canoe camping in the Boundary Waters and in the Sylvania Wilderness. Roger was a passionate photographer, capturing images of nature and adventures with family and friends. He loved hosting friends and spending time with his two grandsons, his boys.
Roger will be remembered as a generous friend and loving father, brother, grandfather, and husband. He will be greatly missed. A celebration of Roger's life will be held at a later date. Please share your memories at www.cressfuneralservice.com.
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Published in Monterey Herald Obits on Oct. 18, 2020.
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December 15, 2020
Just read about Roger, Jane, and I'm sure his passing leaves a big hole in your family's hearts. I was nice to read about all his accomplishments and the expressions of gratitude others wrote about him. Roger knew how to enjoy life and added a lot of fun to every gathering. We send our sincere condolences to all of your family. We are glad he lived long enough to enjoy his grandchildren. With love and sympathy, Liz (and Ed)
Ed and Liz Gardella
October 23, 2020
Roger was very helpful with an EIS project I was directing at WDNR. He provided a lot of technical references that helped my EIS team develop a proposed alternative that was eventually adopted by the Town of Mount Pleasant for reducing flooding on the Pike River. He was always pleasant to greet as we sometimes arrived at the DNR bike rack at the same time in the morning.
Jeff Schimpff
October 22, 2020
Early in my career as an engineer, I would pick up the phone and have conversations with Roger and he was always open to answer my questions. I will always remember that he took the time to do that and sorry to the family for your loss.
Peter Shedivy
October 21, 2020
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Jake Brunoehler
October 20, 2020
Roger was a pleasure to work with and I learned a great deal from him. My greatest sympathies to all his family.
Phillip Taylor
October 19, 2020
I am sorry for your loss Gillian and family.
Joan Hamil
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October 18, 2020
I'm very sorry to hear of Roger's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting Roger years ago when I was working in the nonpoint source program at USEPA in Washington, DC. During a ~15-year period, I would see him annually at national workshops and interact with him often between workshops. He was a true professional who added immensely to our field, but he was also kind and generous. After I left EPA, I had less frequent interactions with Roger, but did talk with him a couple of years ago when he once again gave me his time to help with a project. Roger Bannerman was a very good man who will be missed by many. My thoughts go out to his family.
Steve Dressing, Alexandria, VA
October 18, 2020
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