Melva Bucksbaum, an integral part of the of the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture series, passed away this past weekend.
Bucksbaum was 82 at the time of her passing.
Bucksbaum and her husband created the lecture series through a donation to the university. The series is named after her husband, Martin Bucksbaum, who passed away in 1995.
The series brings speakers from all over the world to campus and gives students the opportunity to hear from a variety of issues.
Bucksbaum was known as a philanthropist and continuously gave to the university.
Since the beginning of the lectures, the series has hosted 34 speakers, including President Jimmy Carter and poet Maya Angelou.
The next Bucksbaum speaker is Peter J. Neufold on Oct. 27.