TO:                  Marquette Area Media

FROM:            Cindy Paavola, Director of Communications     

RE:                   Death of Former NMU Board Member

Northern  Michigan University has been informed that former NMU Board of Trustees member Barbara Labadie of Grosse Pointe Woods died from complications of breast cancer on Saturday, March 1.

Labadie was appointed to the NMU Board by former Gov. John Engler in 1995.  Her term expired on December 31, 2002.  Labadie, owner of a capital management firm, served on the BoardÂ’s finance committee, most recently as its chair, and was also the trustee representative to the NMU Development Fund Board since 1995.

“Barbara Labadie was a caring, motivated individual,” said NMU President Judi Bailey.  “She was extremely dedicated to Northern, took great pride in serving on the universityÂ’s governing board, and had a true love of the Upper Peninsula.  The university sends its deepest sympathy to Ms. LabadieÂ’s family and friends.  We feel honored to have had Barbara as part of the NMU family for as long as we did as she was an example of what determination can accomplish in the face of adversity.”

A.H. Peters Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe is handling the funeral arrangements.  The family has asked that those who wish to make memorial gifts make them to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at the following address:  Komen Foundation, P. O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

(Labadie pronounced Lab-a-DEE)

Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications