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N A U J o u r n e y s

N A U N t h D e g r e e C o n t e s t Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.—St. Bernard

Robert and Marena. Gus was a ‘Town Jack’ supporter of athletics for many years—as early as the 1950s.”

Y ou might think of it as the NAU orchard. As w e d i s c o v e r e d f r o m t h e g r a t i f y i n g r e s p o n s e t o o u r N A U N t h D e g r e e C o n t e s t , t h a n k s t o our wonderful—and fruitful—alumni, we have many thriving family trees laden with Lumberjack fruit. But in the end, the Palmer family spread its branches widest, with a total of 47 family members attending Northern Arizona University.

Tom Palmer writes, “As you can see, this family loves NAU and has been blessed by the university’s aca- demic programs.” He also notes, “Elwyn Gus Palmer and Ruth W. Palmer (both now 88 years old and resi- dents of Flagstaff ) are the parents of Thomas, Melvin,

In appreciation for the Palmers’ loyalty and spirit, and as a dynamic symbol of lasting commitment, the Office of Alumni Relations is donating funds to NAU to sponsor and maintain a genuine PALMER FAMILY TREE on north campus. This tree, marked by a custom- ized bronze plaque, will become an official keepsake of NAU and generations of Palmers to come.

The Palmer clan and our three runners-up— the MacLean/Haydukovich family, the DeMiguel/ Wahler family and the Rhoton/Nelson family—are listed at right. We heartily thank everyone who participated in the contest, and look forward to the ripening of many more NAU dynasties.

Members of the winning Palmer family (left to right): Marena Hales, Shannon Palmer, Gretna Palmer and Tom Palmer.


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