Last update:
April, 2019

Karen Diamond – 2019 Margaret Willard Award Recipient

Karen Diamond

Karen Diamond typifies all the attributes UWC celebrates in the women receiving this prestigious award. In every organization and community function in which Karen has participated, she has contributed significantly to growth and development with her volunteerism, her leadership, and her gracious good will.
We at The University Women’s Club have been honored to have Karen as a Past President and a Board Member for multiple years. She has held several Board positions from Membership, Program, Historian/ Archivist, Honors Reception, and the Scholarship Committee. She also has been active in UWC group events and interest groups and chaired the On The Road group. Her skills and knowledge have made her a go-to for many questions concerning the Club.

Karen’s kindness and generosity also have been evident in her community activism. She volunteers at both Bridge House Community Table and Historic Boulder. Additionally, she is active in all aspects of her synagogue’s work where she has chaired their “Scrip” program for 25 years and makes deliveries whenever needed to elderly and immobile congregants. When the 2013 flood left the synagogue badly damaged, Karen played a major role in its reconstruction and refurbishing using her interior design skills. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Hadassah, an International organization of Jewish women, for over 30 years.

Karen’s love for music has drawn her to be active in the Chautauqua Music Festival and she supports the Boulder Philharmonic and many College of Music programs as well.
In 2010, the University of Colorado benefitted from Karen’s volunteer work as a consultant designer during the renovation of Grusin Hall. Throughout her husband’s 21 year tenure as dean of the School of Pharmacy, she graciously opened her home to host well over a hundred School of Pharmacy dinners and events for donors, alums, university officers, regents, faculty members and students.

CU’s Conference on World Affairs also benefitted from Karen’s activism for over two decades, housing conference participants, and serving on the Housing Committee.

Karen has done all this while running an interior design business and raising two wonderful sons, who have now added five grandchildren to her list of duties.

We are happy and grateful to have Karen as a member of our community; she is a very deserving winner of this award. She is a gracious and caring person whose exemplary involvement in our Club and in university and community endeavors have done so much good for all of us.