Lou Winter graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Chemistry in 1950. From there, he received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, while working as a research chemist.
He spent a majority of his professional career at Hydrite Chemical Co., a spin off from Wayne Chemical Co., a manufacturer of basic chemicals that aid in the first steps of the hide tanning process. He retired for the first time in 1983 as secretary treasurer and partial owner. He then went on to become partial owner and secretary treasurer of an offshoot company, Wayne Pigment, which was eventually sold in the late 1980s, at which time Mr. Winter retired for a second time.
Lou then turned his time and efforts to the community, serving on the President's Executive Senate of the university during the last two years of Fr. Raynor's presidency and the first two of Fr. DiUlio's. He also continues to serve on the Board of the Bel Canto Chorus and was president for two years. Also, he serves on the Advisory Committee of the Salvation Army. Lou is a Life Member of the President's Council, having joined this effort because he believes in the university.