1984 Wis. L. Rev. 1 (1984)
Memorial to Carlisle P. Runge

handle is hein.journals/wlr1984 and id is 21 raw text is: MEMORIAL TO CARLISLE P. RUNGE

NATHAN S. HEFFERNAN*
Carlisle Piehl Runge was born in 1920 and died at Brule, Wis-
consin, on September 18, 1983. Between those years he lived a life of
excellence and service.
Carl and I were the closest of friends for forty-five years. We
met as freshmen at the University of Wisconsin in 1938. Although
Carl was only eighteen, he was already imbued with the fundamen-
tal philosophy which made him, over his career, the leading expo-
nent of the Wisconsin Idea-that a person of intellect has a responsi-
bility to society that transcends a duty to mere personal survival
and personal gain, that there is a duty to the community, the state,
and the nation, indeed to the world.
Carl was raised on the public service philosophy of the Bob
LaFollette Progressives, who saw government as an instrument of
the people and who saw the University as an institution which had
an obligation to devote its best talents to government and the public
welfare. Carl gave a new dimension to the Wisconsin Idea, for in the
later stages of his career he recognized and exemplified the duty of a
governmental leader to bring the research and the knowhow of gov-
ernment to the University.
The recitation of the chronology of Carl's life is a litany of pub-
lic service. His undergraduate career-appropriately majoring in
American Institutions-was interrupted by World War II. He
served overseas and in the Army of the United States from 1942 to
1946, where he achieved the rank of major and was awarded the
Bronze Star. He also attended Oxford University for a year at the
end of the war.
Upon his return to civilian life, he entered law school at the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin, where he graduated in 1948. Upon his admis-
sion to the bar that same year, he started his career of public service
as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.
In 1951 he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin
Law School, and in less than seven years he attained the rank of a
*   Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Wisconsin; B.A. 1942 University of Wisconsin;
LL.B. 1948 University of Wisconsin.

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