Hamilton couple donates $1.1M to McMaster University Library from their will

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Published November 2, 2021 at 1:26 pm

Carol and Vic Nunn donated $1.1M from their will to the McMaster University Library. The couple met at the library, where they worked together for more than 30 years.

The McMaster University Library received a generous donation from the will of a married couple who dedicated their careers to the library.

Carol and Victor (Vic) Nunn donated $1.1 million, making it one of the largest gifts in the library’s history.

“We are moved beyond words by the generosity of Carol and Vic,” said Vivian Lewis, McMaster University Librarian. “Gifts such as this reinforce the ongoing dedication of our retirees to the life of the library.”

Lewis said the gift will help purchase needed materials and bolster services at McMaster University Library — both areas that were important to the couple.

“They have created a legacy that will help students, faculty and community members for generations to come,” she added.

Carol and Vic met at the library, where they worked together for more than 30 years.

Library staff say the couple was inseparable until Vic passed away in 2019. Carol passed the following year. After devoting so many years to the library, Carol and Vic made the decision to remember it in their will.

Carol’s sister Bronwen Galloway said the library was a central part of both of their lives.

“Carol and Vic met at McMaster University and most of their activities and long-time friendships evolved from their love of McMaster Library,” she said.

Carol and Vic spent their early years in H.G. Thode Library before moving to the new offices in Mills Memorial Library. Both important members of the library Leadership Group, they were passionate about supporting students, growing the library’s research collections, and improving resources.

Lewis said plans are now underway to formally recognize the Nunn’s generous bequest.

“We look forward to celebrating Carol and Vic’s tremendous act of generosity in a special way and to celebrating the new opportunities this gift will make possible,” she said.

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