UM to Host Dennison Celebration of Life

May 01, 2017

MISSOULA – George M. Dennison was a historian and educator who definitely enhanced the history of the University of Montana during his tenure as UM’s longest-serving president from 1990 to 2010.

The University and the Dennison family will honor the enduring impacts of his legacy during a Celebration of Life from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the University Center Ballroom. Jane Dennison, wife of the late President Emeritus, and UM President Sheila Stearns invite the public to attend.

George Dennison died Jan. 3 due to complications from non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 81. UM will present him with a posthumous Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during Commencement exercises on May 13.

Bill Johnston, retired director of UM’s Office of Alumni Relations, will emcee the Celebration of Life, and President Stearns will provide opening and closing remarks. Tributes will be provided by friends and family members.

A full Dennison obituary is online at


Contact: Penny Newbold, UM President’s Office events coordinator, 406-243-4594,