Thousands and thousands of people will recall Henry Koffler as a respected leader and innovator in science, the arts, academics and business, including his tenure as an especially magnetic president of the University of Arizona. Thousands more also knew Henry as an always-smiling friend, neighbor, and collaborator on scores of projects that helped good things happen out in the world beyond the universities he helped to lead. Remaining his vital, buoyant self until the closing weeks of his life, a final art exhibit “95!“ in January of 2018, was a celebration not only of his age, but of his abundant creativity.
Another Koffler legacy lies in the vitality of the retirement community he conceived and developed at Academy Village in Tucson. The neighbors who became his friends in that community knew Henry both ways, as an academic leader and as a creative innovator.
Many Villagers have been former colleagues from the UA and elsewhere, and hundreds of other neighbors from all walks of life have been drawn to share Henry’s vision of aging well in a lovely place surrounded by lively minds and curious spirits.
These people have felt like an extended family for each other and for Henry and his wife, Phyllis, as we came together for lectures, concerts and celebrations of public service at the Arizona Senior Academy (ASA) a nonprofit foundation devoted to lifelong learning that Henry embedded in our community before there were any homes in our village.
This memorial website is a joint project of Academy Village neighbors and staff at the ASA. We invite everyone with happy memories of Henry to help us remember and smile together. Please share your own memories in our guestbook linked above. And come back soon to see our “About” page for more detail about a long and lively life well-lived.