Wayne R. Otto, 86, of Middleton, Wis. died at home on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Wayne grew up in Fremont, Wisconsin, above the Farmers' Store on the banks of the Wolf River. He graduated from UW River Falls then volunteered for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and served for two years, attaining the rank of sergeant. He taught high school English for three years before completing masters and PhD degrees at UW Madison. He held faculty positions at both the University of Oregon and the University of Georgia before returning to Madison. Wayne was Professor and two-time Chairman of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in reading education. He retired in 1995 as Emeritus Professor after 30 years at UW Madison. Wayne will be remembered by friends and neighbors as a great gardener and an avid reader, and by colleagues as a notable figure in education research and development, an author, and particularly as a teacher, mentor and friend to countless graduate students.