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Kenneth S. and Faye G. Allen Library Endowment


The purpose of the Endowment is to enhance the Libraries' ability to acquire, supplement and maintain library collections and programs.

Kenneth S. Allen and Edna Faye Gardner were classmates and were married upon Ken's return from service in World War II. They moved to Seattle in 1949 to enable Ken to attend the University of Washington. In memory of Kenneth S. Allen's service to the University Libraries, his son, Paul G. Allen, established the Kenneth S. Allen Library Endowment in 1989.  In 2012, the endowment was renamed the Kenneth S. and Faye G. Allen Library Endowment in recognition and in memory of his parents, Ken and Faye Allen.

Kenneth S. Allen devoted his professional life to improving the University of Washington Libraries.  Following his graduation from the University in 1951, Kenneth S. Allen began his career at the University Libraries as a reference librarian and was appointed Associate Director of Libraries in 1960.  He served the students of the Library School as an instructor from 1954 to 1958.

Faye G. Allen cherished reading and believed in the power of books. From her childhood job at a small-town Oklahoma library to her book-filled home near Seattle, she surrounded herself with literature of every genre and from throughout the world. Faye Allen worked at the University Libraries from 1949 to 1951. She became a beloved public school teacher whom students would remember for a lifetime.

Allen co-founded Microsoft Corporation with Bill Gates in 1975 and served until 1983.  Allen gives back to the community through the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which supports arts & culture, asset building, basic needs, education, libraries and science & technology.