H. Carl Walker, Gordon and Virginia Rasmussen and other donors
Ms. Katherine Walker graduated from Elgin High School and Milikin University where she served as Assistant Librarian and Cataloger. She then earned a library science degree from the University of Illinois and University of Michigan. Ms. Walker served as the University Libraries Assistant and Associate Director at NIU. She was instrumental in the design of the expansion of the Swen Parson Library in the 1960s. Prior to her retirement she played a vital role in Swen Parson’s transition to the Law School and the origin of the current Founders Memorial Library. Ms. Katherine Walker’s love and dedication to the library profession motivated her to establish this endowment in 1995. Through this endowment, Ms. Walker intended to promote and nurture an interest in library and information studies at the undergraduate level. Ms. Walker’s dedication to her profession, compassion for others, and enthusiasm for life have had an impact on all who have known her.