Chancellor Friedman’s legacy honored with a memorial on the Prairie Line Trail.
A small crowd gathered at the south end of the Prairie Line Trail at 3 p.m. January 25 to honor the legacy and work of Chancellor Debra Friedman, UW Tacoma’s leader from 2011 to 2014, who died in January 2014. The group, most of whom were close to Friedman, was among the first to see a memorial to her: two plaques inset into a boulder along the trail.
The memorial celebrates Friedman and her commitment to articulating and amplifying UW Tacoma’s urban-serving identity. Appropriately, it is located along the Prairie Line Trail, one of Friedman’s passions. Connecting campus to the surrounding community, the trail serves to recognize Tacoma’s past as well as its future with the university. Friedman’s work extended UW Tacoma’s reach into the community, expanding opportunities, programs and partnerships, particularly for veterans and first-generation college students.
The informal event featured brief remarks by Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration Harlan Patterson, who worked closely with Friedman. The gathering also celebrated the donors that have raised more than $200,000 so far for the Debra Friedman Memorial Scholarship.
Below are photos from the event and a video of Patterson’s short remarks.
Read more about Friedman and her impact on UW Tacoma.
Abby Rhinehart / March 10, 2015
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