Marilyn E. Zumberge Garden dedicated

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The Marilyn E. Zumberge Garden was dedicated in a ceremony outside of Zumberge Hall August 19.

Marilyn, wife of the late James Zumberge who was Grand Valley’s first president, served as first lady during their six years at the university from 1963-1969. Marilyn died in June 2008. The ceremony was attended by several family members, including the couple’s three sons: Mark, Jim and John.



During the ceremony, President Thomas J. Haas said Marilyn represented the university and community with dignity and grace. “She was a great confidant to her husband as he wrestled the issues of the day,” said Haas.

Marcia Haas said: “It is fitting that Marilyn’s name graces this beautiful garden and building. The garden is designed to look beautiful in every season and captures her beautiful spirit and contributions to Grand Valley.”

John Zumberge spoke on behalf of the family. “This is so special for us. It is exciting to see the growth of this whole campus,” he said. “My mother loved gardens, both formal and wild. She would have approved of this garden.”