Dr. Kenneth J. Grieb
1939 - 2018
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Dr. Kenneth J. Grieb

Oshkosh - Dr. Kenneth J. Grieb, age 79, of Oshkosh died peacefully Friday, July 13, at his home. He was born on April 3, 1939, in Buffalo, New York, the son of the late Joseph and Ida Grieb. Dr. Grieb received his B.A. from the University of Buffalo, now the State University of New York at Buffalo, in 1960; his M.A. from the University of Buffalo in 1962; and his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1966. Dr. Grieb began his teaching career at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1966 where he served for more than 50 years as Professor and Coordinator of International Studies. In recognition of his scholarship, he held both the John McNaughton Rosebush Professorship and the SNC Corporation Professorship in International Relations at UW Oshkosh.

Dr. Grieb was the author of numerous books, including The United States and Huerta (1969), The Latin American Policy of Warren G. Harding (1976, 2nd ed, 1977, 3rd ed, 2000), Guatemalan Caudillo: The Regime of Jorge Ubico, Guatemala - 1931-1944 (1979), and Central America in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: An Annotated Bibliography (1988), and the Editor-in-Chief of the Research Guide to Central America and the Caribbean (1985).

In addition, he authored over 50 articles in professional journals and chapters in scholarly volumes, an equal number of entries in scholarly reference works, and well over 100 Book Reviews in Professional Journals. Dr. Grieb also served four terms on the Board of Editors of The Historian, and previously served on the Board of Editors of The Americas.

Dr. Grieb received multiple teaching awards, including the Regents Teaching Excellence Award for 1998, an award which is presented by the Board of Regents to a single faculty member selected from the 3300 Faculty teaching on the 13 Comprehensive University Campuses of the University of Wisconsin System. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him Professor of the Year in 2004.

Dr. Grieb's decision in 1968 to serve as the Advisor to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Model United Nations Organization created a butterfly effect that will ripple forever. He was relentless in his commitment to build and sustain a tradition of excellence. His self-sacrifice and willingness to mentor students lead the organization to 34 years of consistent ranking as one of the Outstanding Delegations at the National Model United Nations, (the world's largest Model UN) which involves 5000 students from 220 universities in 48 countries on four continents. Dr. Grieb's legacy is felt at home and around the globe as his protégées use diplomacy, strategy, and consensus building to resolve problems in the private, government, and non-profit sectors.

Survivors include his nephew Matthew Turek and his wife Kelly Rigby of Arlington, VA, along with their children Matthew Rigby and Rebecca Catelli.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Most Blessed Sacrament-St. Mary Catholic Church, 619 Merritt Ave., Oshkosh, WI. The burial will take place at a later date at the St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cheektowaga, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Kenneth J. Grieb Professorship Fund of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation, Inc. are appreciated.

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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Jul. 15, 2018.
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July 16, 2018
Dr. Grieb has left behind a legacy of International Studies students who consider him a mentor. The knowledge that he had (and shared) was immeasurable. When he spoke, we listened; when we spoke, he listened. He was in some ways a bit corny, but that's what also made him so sweet. He loved teaching and wanted his students to be the best that we could be. We were....we are! How fortunate we are to have met this man, learned from him, laughed with him, and gone off into the great big world to use what he taught us. He will be missed by all whose lives were touched by this special professor. UW-Oshkosh Class of 1993
Beth Burke
July 16, 2018
Dr. Grieb's death came as schock for we had talked outside UWO's Polk library only a couple of weeks previously. We did not discuss the world and education as often as we had in the past when for many years his office and the offices of the Philosophy Department both were located together in the basement of North Polk. Actually, we had met earlier. Shortly after I joined the philosophy faculty in 1964 of what was then Wisconsin State University, I produced a report on how to internationalize the institution's curriculum and faculty. This led to first meeting Dr. Grieb and giving some lectures in his courses.

John R. Burr
Dr. John Burr
July 16, 2018
Relentless in the pursuit of excellence is an understatement. Dr. Grieb will be missed, but, hopefully, his legacy will live on. David Miles
July 15, 2018
Dr. Grieb gave so much to UW Oshkosh by creating a strong International Studies major and by directing a powerhouse Model UN team for many years! I always enjoyed talking with him about a variety of topics and will never forget his sense of humor and dedication to his students and colleagues.
Rick Hillman
July 15, 2018
It was always a great pleasure working for Dr Grieb . He was a kind, professional and loyal client of mine and the Travel Leaders agency.

Jill Garcia
(formerly of Travel Leaders)
July 15, 2018
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