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Laker Light shines for Helen DeVos

  • The Beckering Family Carillon Tower at the DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
  • Cook Carillon Tower on the Allendale Campus.

Posted on October 19, 2017

Grand Valley State University is remembering one of its most steadfast supporters, Helen DeVos, with the shining of the Laker Light on its campuses. The blue light, shining on the carillon towers on the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses, symbolizes DeVos' impact on the Grand Valley community.

Throughout her lifetime, DeVos provided exceptional leadership and service to Grand Valley; she was passionate about education and was a lifelong learner. 

Her leadership and support played a major role in the creation of the Richard M. DeVos Center, the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, and the L. William Seidman Center as well as many other campaigns and projects. 

The Laker Light will shine through the funeral and a few days afterward; information on visitation can be found at www.helendevos.com. Click on Services.

The GVSU flag will be at half-staff for the next two weeks to honor DeVos. For more information on the legacy of Helen DeVos at Grand Valley, visit

https://www.gvsu.edu/giving/helen-devos-remembered-358.htm