Kathryn L. and William S. Shields, Loyal Friends of IU South Bend
With grateful hearts, we remember Kathryn and William Shields. Both Katie and Bill were passionate supporters of their community and of education, having both attended Indiana University.
Their combined philanthropic generosity leaves an amazing legacy at IU South Bend. Katie and Bill were consistent supporters of IU South Bend, giving to the Chancellor’s Fund and helping fund renovations to the Upstage Theater and Recital Hall in Northside Hall. Over the years, the couple focused on advancing the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences at IU South Bend. Their planned gift has endowed a chair in the college, which will address regional issues in health care, hospice, and nursing for years to come. To further support health care in the region, Katie and Bill established an endowed fund for the support and education of health care professionals, both faculty and students. Katie and Bill’s planned gift will continue to support students and faculty in the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences for many years to come.
The couple were recognized for their philanthropy, service, and leadership with the Herman B Wells Visionary Award from the IU Foundation in 2002. In 2004, Katie and William were awarded the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest award presented by IU South Bend.
Katie passed away in October 2017 and was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 2010. The legacy of knowledge they’ve created at IU South Bend will endure and extend beyond the campus out into the community. Katie and Bill will be missed by all whose lives have been touched by their generous hearts.