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Donor Stories

Honoring the University's Libraries

Darryl BindschadlerThe lifeblood of any university is information, and the single most important source of this information is the institution's library.

Darryl Bindschadler agrees. "Libraries are a central gathering place for education and research at the university," he says.

Darryl remembers in the 1950s that the library was a staid and formal place. Since then, though, it has undergone a comprehensive change, especially with the recent addition and renovation to William Robertson Coe Library.

The library is now a place where students can eat and drink at the same time as they study with their classmates or utilize the incredible resources of the university's librarians. In addition, the library is a physical and virtual space of discovery and learning where students conduct research in all media-from traditional books to archival material, from digital journals to Internet research. Faculty, too, rely on the university's library system to review collections for their work and access resources from across the globe.

That is why, to honor their family, Darryl and his wife Helga established the Bindschadler Family Library Endowment, which will be used to support the Bindschadler Family Study Room at Coe Library and for speaker presentations, panel discussions, guest lectures, equipment or technology replacements or upgrades, public forums, teaching, research, scholarships, and other opportunities.

"Helga and Darryl are outstanding friends of the libraries," says Maggie Farrell, dean of UW Libraries. "In addition to their endowment that will fund a group study room in Coe Library, Darryl serves on the UW Libraries' Development Board, which has assisted the libraries in articulating the need for legislative funding for the Coe Library project and collection funding."

The Bindschadlers have close ties to UW. Darryl grew up in Laramie and graduated from Laramie High School and then UW in 1960. He went on to University of Rochester Medical School, trained in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, and completed a pulmonary residency at the University of Colorado. He practiced pulmonary and internal medicine in Cheyenne for 30 years. Helga graduated from UW in 1960 with a degree in nursing. She enjoyed a long and distinguished career in nursing and served as a faculty member at the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.

"The libraries do not have alumni," Darryl says. "They are disenfranchised. No one graduated from the library, but no one graduated from UW without using the library."

UW Libraries strives to be an integral part of scholarly activities at UW and to remain at the forefront of state-of-the-art information technology. Endowments such as this one go along way to helping it accomplish this mission.

"Libraries have always had a special place in our hearts," says Darryl.

Darryl Bindschadler

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