Gwendolynne M. Davenport Vic 5T0 was a long-time friend and supporter of Victoria College. She studied language and literature as an undergraduate student and went on to earn a Master of Social Work from U of T in 1962. She pursued a career as a social worker until her retirement. Gwen came from a family of avid readers, and her love of reading flourished under the guidance of Vic professors such as Northrop Frye Vic 3T3, Emm 3T6, E.J. Pratt Vic 1T1 and John Robson. In 2011, in tribute to her family, she established The Davenport Family Fund for the benefit of the E.J. Pratt Library. Her generous bequest will be added to the original endowment fund and the income will be used to purchase new books for the library’s collection, for conservation and restoration of rare library materials, to replace equipment, and enhance current study spaces in the building.
“This is an extremely overwhelming gift that augments the already generous endowment made by Gwen Davenport in 2011,” says Lisa Sherlock, chief librarian. “Clearly, Ms. Davenport valued the Library and placed importance on helping to develop collections and services to students well beyond her life. This is a donation whose effects will be felt for some time to come.”