Paul Jelle, emeritus CALS administrator, passes away at 63

57eec75136ce8.imagePaul Jelle, who served in CALS administration for more than 30 years, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 as a result of complications due to cancer.

Jelle was born in Monroe, Wisconsin in 1952 and grew up on his family’s farm in Montrose Township. For college, he attended UW-Platteville, where he double majored in accounting and business administration with a minor in economics in 1974. He then went on to earn a master’s of business administration from Cardinal Stritch in 1993.

Jelle began and ended his 38-year working career at the UW-Madison, and spent more than 30 years with CALS. Over the years, he held a number of key roles in the college’s business services and research divisions, including the role of Assistant Dean of Business Services. Jelle was held in high regard by his colleagues as well as the entire University community. In 2007, he received the CALS Academics Staff Award for Excellence in Service. When he retired in June of 2013, he was honored with emeritus status and a Babcock Hall ice cream named after him, “Paul Jelly”.

For more about Jelle’s life, please read his obituary.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at 11 a.m., at People’s United Methodist Church, 103 N. Alpine Parkway, Oregon, Wis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faye Jelle to be distributed for cancer research. Online condolences can be made at