Dennis and Debra Ujiiye | Reaping From the Past to Sow For the Future
Dennis Ujiiye ‘70 and Debra Murata '73 met at the University of Idaho in the fall of l969. Dennis was raised on a farm in Nampa, Idaho. Deb's parents were sent to an internment camp during World War II. After the war, they farmed near Fruitland, Idaho. Dennis and Deb's parents valued education, encouraging them to pursue a college degree.
Today Dennis farms the Murata land. Deb is retired from a career in special education. They raised a daughter and have a granddaughter. In 2014 they committed a portion of their estate to UI to benefit the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Education.
The alumni couple, like so many, have fond memories of not only meeting their spouses while at college, but also of the opportunities their education provided them in their respective careers.
As a passionate educator, Deb spent 33 years in education helping students overcome learning obstacles.
"I learned as much from them as I probably taught... unconditional acceptance, perseverance, kindness that knows no barriers, the blessings of humor; teaching and learning that was always mutually beneficial," she said.
Dennis was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and Alpha Zeta, while earning his degree in ag economics and business administration. As a student, he was a scholarship recipient who says financial support helped assist his academic goals while easing the burden of costs.
"Like making sure that our daughter and granddaughter are provided for, we view our support of UI students, faculty, programs and facilities through our estate gift an investment — an investment that will pay great dividends twofold. Students will have the opportunity to learn, grow, and become better leaders who will subsequently use their knowledge, skills and talents to positively impact their communities, states, country and world," Dennis said.
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