We are deeply saddened by the passing of Penny W. Stamps, a great friend of the University of Michigan and a cherished member of the Michigan Family.
Our Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design proudly bears her name, reflecting her unwavering support of our students and her vision for championing art and design’s power to foster creative solutions that enhance the lives of people on our campus and around the globe.
Penny earned a bachelor of science degree in design and a teaching certificate from U-M, and she dedicated her life to uniting the greatest values of both disciplines. As a result, she leaves an unparalleled legacy. Hundreds of Stamps Scholars, past and present, represent dozens of institutions throughout our nation. At U-M, the scholarships, lecture series, and gallery she created are opening hearts and inspiring minds of students and visitors, encouraging us to consider new ideas and unleashing the creative talents of those we serve.
We were honored to recognize Penny’s outstanding contributions with an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at our Spring 2018 Commencement ceremonies, and a 2005 David B. Hermelin Award for Volunteer Leadership.
I will always remember Penny’s warmth and kindness, along with her devotion to helping the University of Michigan – and the world – become a better place. I extend my condolences to her husband, Roe; her children, Annie and Will, and their families; her many friends and loved ones, and everyone in the art and design community nationwide who benefited from her generosity, expertise, and passion for quality education.