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Arlene Kuhner Memorial Endowment

Arlene Elizabeth Kuhner was born May 1, 1939, in Victoria, British Columbia. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seattle University and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington.

In 1966, Dr. Kuhner began teaching at Seattle University where she met her husband, Bob. The Kuhners came to Alaska in 1971, where she taught at Anchorage Community College. At the University of Alaska Anchorage, Dr. Kuhner co-founded the women’s studies program and served as chair of the English department.

She was also instrumental in developing the Canadian studies program at UAA. Dr. Kuhner was a highly involved, deeply committed teacher, scholar, administrator, mentor and colleague.

At the time of her death, she was serving as professor of English and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and had just been named acting dean of the college.

Dr. Kuhner died in July 1996 in Anchorage, Alaska. The University of Alaska Anchorage awarded her professor emeritus status posthumously in 1997.


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