The University of Arizona

Bobbi Olson, Wife of UA Men's Basketball Coach, Dies. Memorial Scheduled

January 3, 2001

Bobbi Olson, 1935-2001

Bobbi Olson died peacefully early Monday morning, surrounded by her family, from complications related to ovarian cancer. She was 65.

Mrs. Olson, the former Roberta Russell, was the wife of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson. The couple had been married 47 years and have five children and 13 grandchildren.

Services will be private, but a public memorial service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 3 p.m. in the UA McKale Center. Pastor Mark Roessler of Catalina Foothills Church will conduct the ceremony. Parking will be available in the Cherry Avenue Garage and surface lots around McKale.

In lieu of flowers, a special memorial fund is being established in Bobbi Olson's name at the Arizona Cancer Center, where she had undergone treatment since her illness was diagnosed in June 1998.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a special memorial fund named for Bobbi Olson at the Arizona Cancer Center. Contributions should be made payable to the Arizona Cancer Center/UAF and mailed to Arizona Cancer Center Development, P.O. Box 245013, Tucson, AZ 85724-5013.

Coach Lute Olson said the family "extends its sincere thanks and gratitude to the Tucson community for respecting the family's privacy" throughout Mrs. Olson's illness.