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Tower lights will be dark tonight

The Tower will be dark the evening of May 9 in memory of Senior Vice President Shirley Bird Perry, 74, who died May 4.

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The Tower at The University of Texas at Austin will be dark tonight in memory of Senior Vice President Shirley Bird Perry, who died May 4.

Perry, 74, began her career with the university in 1958. She was a member of the Vice Presidents’ Council and the University Leadership Council at the university, and had been a senior vice president since April 2004.

In an e-mail to the university community, President Bill Powers wrote, “For those of you who had the pleasure of knowing Shirley Bird, you know what a great friend our campus community has lost. She was a champion of the University of Texas, devoting nearly her entire working career to advancing its mission. She was creative, strategic and capable — a special person who embodied the soul of this special place.”

Learn more about her memorial service and read her obituary.