Celebrate 40 Years of the Grace A. Tanner Center at SUU

Published: November 15, 2021 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 2 minutes

Grace A. Tanner Center at SUUAs part of a year-long 40th anniversary celebration, Southern Utah University’s Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values will honor Grace A. Tanner’s birthday with a guest panel, “Remembering Grace: A Discussion of Her Legacy.” The panel will be held on November 30 at 11:30 a.m. in the Garden Level of the Gerald R. Sherratt Library at SUU. A reception immediately following the panel with hors d'oeuvres, birthday cake, and the distribution of special commemorative pins.

“We are excited to celebrate the legacy of Grace Adams Tanner through her original connections to Southern Utah University as an alumna as well as through her passions for appreciating so many aspects of the humanities,” said Dr. Danielle Dubrasky, director of the Grace A. Tanner Center. “Her own writings on her travels that spanned the globe reflect how much she enjoyed the arts, sciences, and theatre while being a strong advocate for education. We hope to extend awareness of her legacy through the Human Values Certificate sponsored by the Tanner Center.”

Grace Adams Tanner was the sixth of eleven children born to Thomas and Luella Redd Adams in Parowan, Utah. She married Obert C. Tanner in 1931, raised their six children and helped with the business that originated from a basement and grew into a worldwide corporation. The Tanners were philanthropists and instrumental in starting up the outdoor Adams Shakespearean Theater in Cedar City, named in honor of Grace’s parents. Grace received the Person of Vision Award in 1985 from the Utah chapter of the National Society to Prevent Blindness. Her academic interests inclined toward the sciences, especially biology and anthropology, fields where she contributed generously. She passed away in 2005 at the age of 98.

The panel “Remembering Grace: A Discussion of Her Legacy” will be comprised of Stephen Tanner Irish, a grandson; author Linda King Newell, a friend; and David A. Petersen, CEO of the O. C. Tanner Company and also a close friend. A southern Utah connection will be represented through Scott Phillips, a member of the City Council of Cedar City and former director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Dr. Danielle Dubrasky, director of the Grace A. Tanner Center, will moderate the discussion.

The Grace A. Tanner Center at SUU seeks to promote access to scholarly and scientific learning in all areas of human values which embrace moral, artistic, intellectual, and spiritual concepts. Refer to the Tanner Center website for other details about Tanner Center events or email the Tanner Center directly at tannercenter@suu.edu.

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