MADISON - W. Wallace “Mo” Cleland died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Madison, surrounded by his family.
He was the son of Ralph and Elizabeth Cleland, born Jan. 6, 1930, in Baltimore, Md. He received his A.B. from Oberlin College in 1950 and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1955. After pursuing postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago, he became an Assistant Professor at the UW-Madison in 1959. He was the J. Johnson Professor of Biochemistry and Steenbock Professor of Chemical Science and Co-Chair of the Enzyme Institute. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1985 for his pioneering work on enzyme mechanisms, he received many major awards in the field of biochemistry.
In addition to his scientific accomplishments, he was an avid stamp collector and researcher of philatelic history. In 2008, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Philately from the Smithsonian Institution.
He is survived by his daughters, Elsa and Erica; grandsons, Max, Finn and Griffin; and his brothers, Robert and Charles.
A memorial reception will be held at a later date.