Like so many in our campus and extended community, I was very sad to learn about the passing of Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef on October 15, 2015. Our university lost a beloved leader, one who gave a quarter-century of his life and more to UC Davis. He built a strong foundation for our university’s service to the state, nation and the world.
Larry was a passionate advocate for higher education who wisely led UC Davis through a period of growth and worldwide prominence. It is because of his vision and determination that today we are able to enjoy the world-class Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. The same can be said of the transformation of an ailing county hospital in Sacramento to a world-renowned UC Davis Health System and so much more.
As a testament to his skill and affability, Larry was one of the nation’s longest serving university leaders. He mentored future university presidents and provosts, countless faculty, deans and students. He developed a stellar reputation as a principled and approachable leader.
My family and I offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Rosalie, his entire family and many friends and associates. I know the entire UC Davis community shares our sadness at his loss and gratitude for his many years of service and leadership. For those of you wishing to make a memorial contribution, please consider donating to either the Larry N. Vanderhoef Scholarship for Study Abroad or the Larry N. Vanderhoef Staff Scholarship. These scholarships help undergraduates to study internationally and aid staff members in continuing their education, areas of long-standing special interest to Chancellor Emeritus Vanderhoef.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday November 4th in Jackson Hall at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. For those unable to attend, the service will be carried live on the Web.
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Linda P.B. Katehi