Pat Walker

As founder of the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, Mrs. Walker and her late husband, Willard, have donated over $150 million to important organizations throughout Arkansas.

Growing up in Tulsa, Pat Seamans Walker arrived in Arkansas with her husband, Willard, in 1958. After working for Sam Walton’s five-and-dime stores, Willard became manager of the Springdale Wal-Mart, the third in what eventually became the world’s largest retail chain. Pat and Willard are parents of two children — Patricia, now living in Dallas, and Johnny Mike, who lives in Fayetteville. She has 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Celebrating her 93rd birthday in May, Pat exemplifies the quote: “From what we get, we make a living. From what we give, we make a life.”

In addition to major gifts to the University of Arkansas, including the Willard Walker Graduate School at the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the Pat Walker Health Center, Winthrop P Rockefeller Cancer Institute, and Jones Eye Institute at UAMS, she has given generously to the University of the Ozarks, John Brown University, Northwest Arkansas Community College, Washington Regional Medical Center, Arkansas Children's Hospital, and the Fayetteville and Springdale public libraries.

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