The Center for Death Education was originally founded in 1969 as the Center for Death Education and Research at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  It was formed with the purpose of serving as a repository for materials concerning mortality and as a focal point for the collection and dissemination of literature and information to the academic and professional communities as well as the public.  With the retirement of its first director, Dr. Robert Fulton, the center was relocated to the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.