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Wilfrid Laurier University Development
October 26, 2016
Canadian Excellence



Honouring the legacy of a distinguished career

Dec 10/09

When Margaret Beckman ’46 passed away, her family wanted to do something special to honour her memory. Beckman was an internationally renowned expert in library management, automation and building design. She spoke, published and provided consultation in the design of libraries throughout Canada and the world.

Throughout her distinguished library career, Beckman achieved many “firsts.” She was the first female and first Canadian to receive an honorary professorship from the University of Essen, and the first Canadian to receive the American Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic Librarian of the Year Award.

Her family thought the best way they could honour their mother’s memory would be to establish the first-ever endowment for the Writing Centre to help support students at Wilfrid Laurier University. The Margaret Beckman Writing Centre Endowment will support students with their academic writing and critical thinking through individual consultations and group workshops at Laurier’s Writing Centre.

“This is wonderful news,” said Gail Forsyth, director of Learning Services. “Critical thinking and strong writing skills are fundamental to a university education and student success. Margaret Beckman’s legacy will live on as the endowed award created in her honour will ensure that Laurier students are equipped to succeed thanks to improved support for academic writing at all levels of study.”

The Writing Centre offers individual and in-class writing support for all students and faculty at Laurier. The centre works with all students, undergraduate and graduate, to help them enhance their academic writing. The key principle of the centre is to support the writing that goes on in the classroom in a way that helps students and faculty achieve their academic goals.

Beckman graduated from Waterloo College in 1946, with a bachelor’s degree in library science.

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