Shauna Adix, who helped found the Women's Resource Center at the University of Utah, died of ovarian cancer Monday at the age of 66.

Adix was a faculty member at the U. in 1971 when she joined other women to create the Women's Resource Center, designed to focus on programs for university women, especially those returning to school after raising children or pursuing another career."It was the right time (to establish the center), with the feminist movement in full swing, and Shauna was a powerful voice," said Kathryn Brooks, the director of the center since Adix retired in 1989.

Adix was one of the West's leading feminist leaders and was involved in several regional organizations.

In her later years, she worked with the Crone's Counsel, a group that organized gatherings for older women across the West and became a charter member of the independent Salt Lake-based New Age organization called the Inner Light Center.

Adix is survived by her son, David, and was preceded in death by her husband, Vern, and daughter, Allison.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 S. 1700 East.