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Photo by: Bob Howe

Location: Cofrin Arboretum,
UW- Green Bay campus

Date taken: Sep 27, 2001

Camera: Olympus CL 2500


Cofrin family in the Cofrin Arboretum.

Family of Dr. David and Mary Ann Cofrin

(l to r: Christine Tryba-Cofrin, David H. Cofrin, Mary Ann Cofrin, Paige Cofrin II, Edith Cofrin, Dr. David A. Cofrin; not pictured: Mary Ann P. Cofrin, Gladys Cofrin)

The dedication of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall on September 28, 2001 marked a landmark event in the history of UW-Green Bay and the Cofrin Arboretum Center for Biodiversity. For the first time, the Cofrin Arboretum, Richter Museum, and University Herbarium have a central office for visitors, including a library of natural history materials, a meeting room for workshops and outreach activities, and offices for staff. The new building includes about 40% of the classrooms on campus, featuring state-of-the-art instructional technology and an innovative design for energy efficiency. The Richter Museum and Herbarium are still moving into the new facilities, which will provide much-needed space for preserving valuable scientific collections.

This picture was taken during a tour of the Arboretum by Cofrin Family members who were in Green Bay for the dedication ceremonies.

The Austin E. Cofrin and John P. Cofrin Memorial Arboretum was established at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay by gifts from the family of John P. Cofrin in honor of John and his father, Austin Cofrin. Subsequent gifts from this family and the family of Dr. David Cofrin, John's brother, have established an endowment for stewardship of the Arboretum and for an active research program for UW-Green Bay students.

In addition to the Arboretum and Center for Biodiversity, the generosity of Dr. David and Mary Ann Cofrin and their children can be found in many places. Their gifts have been instrumental in building Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, the David A. Cofrin Library, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and other landmarks that benefit thousands (and probably millions) of lives.

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Last updated on April 15, 2014