Large Gift to Improve Athletic Facilities
Long‐time booster gives $8.3 million
Don Walsworth, a long‐time volunteer on high‐level committees serving the University of Missouri, and his family have donated $8.3 million to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Chancellor Brady J. Deaton announced the gift Jan. 29 at the Reynolds Alumni Center. Of the total, $5 million is for in‐kind printing services, $2 million for facility improvements and $1.3 million for Memorial Stadium upgrades.
Walsworth, BS ’57, has served on the University of Missouri Board of Curators; the Trulaske College of Business strategic development board; the For All We Call Mizzou comprehensive campaign national steering committee; and intercollegiate athletics committees, including the Sports Park campaign. He is chief executive officer of Walsworth Publishing Co., the family business located in Marceline, Mo., through which the gift was given.
The gift will support improvements to athletic facilities, including renovations to Memorial Stadium, and a new clubhouse for the men’s and women’s golf teams at The Club at Old Hawthorne. In addition to locker rooms and offices, the clubhouse will contain technology to help athletes improve their strokes and indoor space for practice during inclement weather.
The Walsworth family has several connections to MU. Don’s wife, Audrey, BJ ’56, wrote The University of Missouri: 150 Years (Walsworth, 1989); and two of their children graduated from MU — Edgar Walsworth, BS BA ’82; Lynn Walsworth Wood, BS BA ’83. Don Walsworth Jr., formerly an All American golfer at Stanford, is president of the family’s publishing company.
“Many of you know that we are in the beginning stages of a comprehensive campaign,” Deaton said during the announcement. “We have a working goal of $1 billion‐plus, and we are so grateful to the Walsworth family for this early and important investment.”