Gladys Cosens, the Arboretum’s lead challenge donor on UC Davis Give Day

Photo of Gladys Cosens in the Arboretum next to her brother Arley's memorial.

Gladys Cosens, long time Arboretum supporter, sits next to her brother Arley Firch’s memorial in our Australian / New Zealand collection. Arley’s memorial is located in the same area where renovations are currently taking place on the Waterway.

Thanks to Gladys Cosens and her recent $15,000 gift to kick off the Waterway WOW! campaign. Gladys is the Arboretum’s lead challenge donor on the UC Davis Give Day. Once 60 donors make gifts on UC Davis Give Day, Gladys’ gift will be unlocked!

Gladys and her extended family have been supporters of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden for decades. She, along with her late husband Ed Cosens, and her late brother, Arley Firch, took on many roles with the Arboretum, including volunteering on gardening teams, helping at plant sale events, leading public tours and supporting Arboretum projects.

The Cosens’ connections to UC Davis began when they moved to Davis in 1956. Gladys worked for many years in labs on campus and she and Ed became passionate fans and supporters of UC Davis Athletics, campus music groups as well as the Arboretum. In fact, there’s a memorial to Gladys’ brother Arley Firch in our Australian collection, the same location where phase one waterway renovations are currently taking place.

Thank you Gladys for your generosity in inspiring others to support the UC Davis Arboretum and the campus that you love!



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