The passing of Penny Cofrin

Staff members in the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and others across campus are mourning the passing of Penelope F. Cofrin, who died last week in Bellingham, Wash., at age 62. The youngest of six children of John and Barbara Cofrin, and a niece of Dr. David and Mary Ann Cofrin, the Green Bay native shared the 1989 Chancellor’s Award — UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor —for the commitment she and her siblings made to development of the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. She resided in Montana for most of her adult life, making friends with her generous nature, adventuresome spirit and boisterous nature. Penny was preceded in death by both of her parents and her brothers Douglas and Peter. She is survived by her brothers John and Andrew, sister Tish, daughters Robyn Patric (Ian), Barbara Fossen (Kurt), and Sarah Cofrin, and five grandchildren.