KU News Release
May 28, 2012
Contact: Jill Jess, KU News Service, 785-864-8858
KU mourns former communications director Lynn Bretz
LAWRENCE - Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little today offered condolences to the family and friends of former University Communications director Lynn Bretz, who died May 27 at her home after a battle with cancer.
"Lynn Bretz loved this university and all of the people who call it home. She was a tireless advocate for KU, always working to make our university a better place. And from her experience as a reporter, Lynn valued the role the media plays in covering a public institution. Lynn was a trusted adviser, dedicated mentor and caring friend to so many, and I offer my deepest sympathies to her family and friends," said Gray-Little.
Bretz oversaw the university’s public affairs and media relations efforts until 2011, having previously worked in the Office of University Relations, including as director. Before her time at KU, she was a writer and reporter, including for the Lawrence Journal-World and Commodity News Services, a division of Knight Ridder.
Bretz graduated from KU in 1971 with a degree in English and also held a master's degree in English from the University of Denver. She was preceded in death by her partner of 30 years, Janet Hamburg, professor of dance at KU.
A memorial celebration will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 1, at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence.
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