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February 2020

Judy Garvin reads a book with two students in the Harold B. Lee Library.Judy Garvin, a BYU retiree, former editor of this publication, and longtime donor to BYU, says, “Today’s students take their education seriously and are eager to right wrongs.” She donates to the library and enjoys being a part of her grandchildren’s education.

Judy Garvin has given to Brigham Young University for at least 43 consecutive years. Only 46 donors have a donation history that long. “I believe in giving back,” she says. “I don’t give a lot, but I know every little bit helps.”

Describing herself as a lifelong library lover, she donates to BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library. “Through the years I’ve pursued research, learned from exhibits, and listened to music there,” she says. “And now that I’m retired, I have more time to read.” Garvin has also enjoyed using the library with her grandchildren, helping them discover the best sources for their high school research papers.

She retired from BYU in 2007 and says she loved the people and loved being immersed in the BYU environment. An editor at Publications & Graphics, she was the copy editor of President’s Report for several years, and her careful consideration helped to improve it.

Similarly, her contributions are consistently making the university a better place for students to learn. “Today’s students take their education seriously and are eager to right wrongs,” she says.

Garvin, her grandmother, her parents, her siblings, and her son are all BYU alumni. Her granddaughter will graduate soon. “For 35 years this university blessed my life,” she says, “and in retirement, it continues to do so.”

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