University of Calgary

In honour of Lola Rozsa

UToday HomeApril 24, 2012

Lola Rozsa was awarded a University of Calgary Honorary Degree in 2001. Photo by Dave BrownLola Rozsa was awarded a University of Calgary Honorary Degree in 2001. Photo by Dave BrownFlags on campus are lowered to half-mast today, in honour of memorial celebrations being held for Lola Rozsa, long-time friend and supporter of the University of Calgary, who passed away on April 15 at the age of 92.

“Mrs. Rozsa’s life-long commitment to giving back to the community has touched countless lives and enriched an entire city. Her selfless spirit will always be remembered,” says Elizabeth Cannon, president.

Lola, along with her late husband Ted, built an extensive legacy of philanthropy that has had a tremendous impact on campus and on the broader Calgary community.

Their generosity has supported numerous endowments, scholarships and research initiatives, and their passion for the arts inspired their most visible gift on campus—the acoustically-advanced Rozsa Centre, one of the finest music performance venues in the country.

“Lola Rozsa was a devoted supporter of the arts at the University of Calgary. The Rozsa Centre is a world-class facility that will forever stand as a monument to her love for the arts. We express our deepest sympathy to her family and our thanks for a life marked by caring and commitment,” says Kevin McQuillan, dean of Arts.

Ann Calvert, who was the dean of the former Faculty of Fine Arts, remembers the special relationship Lola always had with the faculty.

“Her love of the arts, student achievement, and appreciation for all of us who carried out that work, was obvious in her glowing smile and supportive attitude whenever she visited our campus. She was delighted and delightful, and we will miss her dearly.”

The university offers deepest condolences to the Rozsa family on the passing of a most cherished mother, grandmother and friend.

A memorial service for Lola Rozsa will be held today at Grace Presbyterian Church at 3:30 p.m.

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