Our friend Arthur Jaffe passed away peacefully Sunday, January 25. He was 93 years old, and those 93 years were packed with good things and great accomplishments. He is a man who left this world a better place than it was before his arrival. Especially in the world of books and printing: For over 65 years, Arthur Jaffe supported book artists by purchasing their work for his collection, which he and his wife Mata gave to FAU in 1998.

Please join us in celebrating Arthur's life and legacy on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14. Our program begins at 1 PM at the Friedberg Lifelong Learning Auditorium here on FAU's Boca Raton campus, followed by a reception at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. The auditorium seats 500, and to be honest, we have no idea if it is large enough to accommodate everyone who may come. Arthur Jaffe touched the lives of many people.

The Jaffe Family has asked that condolences be sent not directly to them but rather to the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, for they will be here visiting with us that Valentine's weekend. His family agreed that if there is one cause to support in honor of Arthur, it is the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, for this was his place of devotion, his great project, his legacy.

Memorial gifts may be made to FAU Foundation in support of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University Libraries, 777 Glades Road, PO Box 3092, Boca Raton, Florida 33431. You may also support Arthur's cause with an online gift.

This place won't be the same without him. But he has left an amazing gift to us all in the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, and JCBA is infused with Arthur's presence so deeply that even people who visit here long after you and I are gone will have a sense of this great man. It will be subtle, as was his way, but I've no doubt it will be here.

Thank you, as always, for your support.

John Cutrone
Director, Jaffe Center for Book Arts

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