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UI Center for Human Rights loses dear friend and co-founder, Rex Honey

Rex HoneyDear Friends,
As many of you know, the University of Iowa community suffered a great loss on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010. The passing of Professor Rex Honey will impact the university in untold ways. He was intricately involved in many programs that served the university, the state, and the world.

Rex was co-founder of the UI Center for Human Rights, along with Burns Weston, Dorothy Paul, and Gina Crosheck. Over the years, his work to sustain the Center’s position as a vital university entity was invaluable. For example, he helped to found the newly-launched human rights certificate program that the Center now maintains, and he served on its Faculty Advisory Board. This is but one example of his many contributions to human rights on campus.

His students were doggedly loyal to him because of his unwavering dedication to their professional and personal growth. His many activities in Iowa and abroad with university students and with local teachers always looked to human rights as a critical aspect of a well-rounded education. He will be missed by many, many people past and present who benefited mightily from his work and his friendship.

We have lost a dear colleague, a defender of human rights, and a true friend.

With deep sadness,

Greg Hamot
Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning
Director, UI Center for Human Rights

A brief memorial biography of Professor Honey can be found on the website of UI International Programs.

An article about Professor Honey was also printed in the Iowa City Press Citizen on October 26th, 2010.