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School of Public Service Saddened by Passing of Marilyn Shuler

Image of Marilyn ShulerPhoto credit: Boise State Update

Shuler was an advocate of public service and kindred spirit

[BOISE] – The School of Public Service is saddened by the passing of Marilyn Shuler, a longtime advocate of human rights and public service. We are grateful and thankful for the inspiration, humility and empowerment she has imparted on us.

“Marilyn Shuler dedicated her life to advocating on behalf of others, and to helping make our community and our state a better place for all of us,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra. “She exemplified the values that we hold dear at Boise State University. She has our deepest gratitude, and she will continue to be an inspiration. Her sense of humor, selflessness and unwearied spirit will be greatly missed.”

“Our community, and really all of Idaho, is a better place because of Marilyn,” said School of Public Service Dean Corey Cook. “Marilyn empowered us to not shy away from challenges and to realize our individual potential to improve our society through humility and her modest strength of character.”

Shuler earned her master of public administration degree from Boise State in 1978 and was presented with the honorary doctorate in 2014. She served as a member of the School of Public Service Advisory Council supporting the school’s efforts to build opportunities for students to obtain professional opportunities through internships in places like Washington, DC and overseas and advocating the importance of public service.

The memorial service for Shuler will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 19 at Boise State University in the Jordan Ballroom of the Student Union Building. Free parking will be available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage (1700 W University Drive).

The family has asked tributes in honor of Shuler be made to the following organizations:

The Estella Zamora Scholarship at Boise State University (Fund ID: FS175)
Helps students of Hispanic heritage or with a migrant or farm labor background

Idaho Voices for Children
Advocates for child and family centered public policies in Idaho

The John Shuler Fund at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Provides foster children financial support to participate in sports and other activities
Make checks out to “John Shuler Fund” and mail to:
Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare
ATTN: Norma Bellecourt, 5th Floor
4050 W. State St.
Boise, Idaho 83702


Bryant Jones
Director, External Affairs

School of Public Service
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725


Boise State University’s School of Public Service is dedicated to excellence in innovative teaching, cutting edge scholarship and meaningful community outreach, serving the State of Idaho, region, nation and global communities. The School is comprised of rich and diverse academic programs, as well as talented affiliated faculty from departments and programs across the university. The mission of the School also is supported by a variety of centers and institutes that facilitate research and public engagement.

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