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O'Daffers at Homecoming

Harriet (Gove) and Phares O’Daffer, who were alumni king and queen for Homecoming 2014.

This year’s Homecoming was meaningful for Harriet (Gove) and Phares O’Daffer, who were alumni king and queen.

The Bloomington couple met at ISU. Harriett ’55, M.S. ’57, studied elementary education. Phares ’55, M.S. ’56, chose math. He joined ISU’s Department of Mathematics as faculty in 1968 and retired 20 years later. Harriett taught in Bloomington schools.

Both volunteer with numerous community efforts and agencies, remaining engaged with the campus. They have invested in the College of Fine Arts, the math department and Athletics, most recently supporting the Hancock Stadium renovation. Phares received the E. Burton Mercier Alumni Service Award.

“We’re blessed to be able to give something,” Phares said for the couple, noting the University holds a special place in their hearts and lives.

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