Thomas A. Altenburg
Thomas A. Altenburg, 80, Brookfield, a former Stevens Point resident, died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.
A funeral service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Home in Wauwatosa. Interment will be at Guardian Angel Cemetery in Stevens Point.
Visitation is scheduled at the funeral home from 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, until the service.
Donations may be made to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater or
a charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be offered online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.
Mr. Altenburg was born Nov. 26, 1935, in Milwaukee, a son of
the late Arthur and Ella Altenburg. He attended Story Grade School and West
Division High School, graduating in 1954 as class salutatorian.
He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated cum laude in 1959.
His career began as a reporter for the Stevens Point Daily
He was called into active military duty in 1961 when
Wisconsin’s 32nd Division National Guard was activated during the Berlin Crisis.
Stationed in Fort Lewis, Wash., he served as the public information specialist
for the division artillery.
When released from active duty later that year, they
returned to Stevens Point, and he resumed work at the newspaper.
In 1965, they moved to Milwaukee where he accepted a public
relations position with Milwaukee Gas Light Company (now We Energies). In 1967,
he became an account executive with McDonald Davis and Associates, a Milwaukee
advertising and public relations agency. During a long career there, he became
vice president and was a stockholder and member of the Board of Directors. He
specialized in health care marketing and was instrumental in helping the agency
gain national recognition for its expertise in that field.
In 1994, he joined Birdsall Voss Kloppenburg, another
marketing agency as vice president of healthcare marketing planning. BVK
subsequently acquired the McDonald Davis agency, and he retired from the agency
During his career, he was a member of many organizations,
including: the Milwaukee Press Club; Sigma Delta Chi Journalism Society; the
Public Relations Society of America-Wisconsin Chapter where he served as
president; the friends of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater; and the Brookfield
Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Frank)
Pisarski, Stevens Point, and Arlene Altenburg, Escanaba, Mich.; one
brother-in-law, John (Gail) Prais, Stevens Point; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert Neil