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Statement from ABOR Chair on passing of Helen S. Schaefer, University of Arizona supporter and wife of former UArizona President John Schaefer

“On behalf of the Arizona Board of Regents, I extend our deepest sympathy to former University of Arizona President John Schaefer (president 1971-1982) on the passing of his beloved wife, Helen S. Schaefer. Helen led a remarkable life of service to the Tucson and UArizona communities. The namesake of the Helen S. Schaefer Building, which houses one of the United States’ most exceptional library collections of contemporary poetry, Helen was passionate about education, poetry, the arts and humanities. A devoted and generous friend of the university, her contributions leave an indelible and beautiful legacy that will continue to benefit our students and our state for generations to come.”