Harold Bretz, honorary alumnus and longtime friend of the University, passed away on Sunday, June 2. Harold and his late wife, Ann Cory Bretz ’48—who served on our board of trustees from 1989 to 2000—had been deeply devoted to the University. Harold grew up in Indianapolis and met Anne while attending Manual High School. They married shortly after Anne graduated from Indiana Central College in 1948.
Harold earned a doctoral degree from Purdue in 1957 and became a professor of biology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. (Anne held a doctorate from the University of Chicago and taught at VanderCook College of Music.) In 1990 the Bretzes were honored as inaugural recipients of the Gene and Joanne Sease Award from the University of Indianapolis Alumni Association, and five years later, Harold was named an honorary alumnus.
In 2002 the University recognized the Bretzes’ lifetime of devotion by renaming the North Hall residence facility Cory Bretz Hall in their honor. Anne preceded Harold in death in September 2011. The Bretzes elected to leave their estate to the University; this act of generosity, when added to their lifetime gifts, means they will have given more than $1 million to UIndy. A memorial service was held for Harold in the University’s McCleary Chapel on June 26.