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The College Mourns the Loss of Donor Sara Ifft

The College Mourns the Loss of Donor Sara Ifft
George Nicholas III and Sara Ifft

The College of Arts & Letters mourns the loss of Sara Ifft, the wife of the Idaho State Journal’s former owner and donor, who passed away on June 9 at the age of 88.

Ifft and her husband, George Nicholas Ifft III, were philanthropists, as well as avid hunting dog trainers. George Nicholas Ifft took over the Idaho State Journal in 1966.

The Iffts established the Ifft Foundation Trust in 1984, which funded the G. Nicholas and Sara Ifft Speech Communication Laboratory in the Department of Communication, Media and Persuasion in 1999. The lab includes computer stations, study areas, group meeting rooms, presentation rooms with video recording technology and a tutorial instruction area. The lab is a staple for students to learn how to communicate effectively.

“George Nicholas and Sara’s dedication to our college and ISU is unbelievable,” said Dean Kandi Turley-Ames. “We are grateful for their support over the last 20 years, and will make sure their legacy lives on at ISU.”

The Iffts also established the Ifft Leadership Endowment and the Nicholas and Sara Ifft Endowment to provide scholarships for ISU students.

The College would like to thank Sara and the Ifft family for service to the College, the University and the community.