UHV breaks ground for new Kay’s Grove memory garden

To honor Walker's years of service and dedication to UHV

VICTORIA, Texas – The University of Houston in Victoria and the family of Kay Kerr Walker broke ground Thursday on the site that will be Kay’s Grove, a 29,000-square-foot memorial landscaped garden for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to enjoy on campus.

Kay’s memory garden will honor Kay Walker for her years of service and dedication to UHV.

Kay Kerr Walker was a native of Houston and moved to Victoria in 1978. Following her move, she began her service to the community by serving on various arts and cultural boards, school boards, corporate boards and the county hospital board of directors.

Walker was a longtime supporter of the UH system and UHV. The name “Kay’s Grove” embodies the whimsy and beauty of the memorial landscape garden but is also an easy, welcoming name for visitors to remember.

“This garden on the UHV campus will be a place where people can have a moment of peace, contemplate, laugh, fall in love, study and make memories, ” says Ron Walker, husband of Kay Walker.

Governor Ann Richards appointed Walker to the Board of Regents in 1993. Walker then served through 1999. She chaired the Facilities Planning and Building Committee and the External Affairs Committee during her term. She also served as Secretary and Vice-Chair of the Board.

“A garden just as the one that we have coming to honor kay walker’s memory, is the kind of place people will naturally gravitate towards that want to be part of it, it will help us create a spiritual connection between our faculty staff and students in this institution,” says Robert Glenn, UHV president.

Walker continued to serve UHV by participating in the President’s Regional Advisory Board. She was also the recipient of the UHV Presidential Medal in 2000.

Walker held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She continued to work with area cultural organizations both in organizational development and fundraising.

A ceremonial tree also was planted during the groundbreaking, The garden is expected to be completed in spring 2022.

Kay’s Grove memory garden is funded by over $400,000 in donations from community members.

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