Edina resident recognized for philanthropy

Maxine Houghton Wallin received the Junior League of Minneapolis’ highest honor.

Maxine Houghton Willis (Submitted photo)
Maxine Houghton Wallin (Submitted photo)

The Katharine Phelps Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to an outstanding leader in JLM who has used her talents and resources to improve the social and economic conditions of others through advocacy, collaboration, philanthropy, direct service and community education.

Wallin is a longtime Edina resident and is one of JLM’s leading philanthropists, continuing a strong tradition she began with her late husband, Winston Wallin.

Wallin, a Duluth native, has been a Junior League member since 1959. She became a librarian at the University of Minnesota and a medical research librarian while the family lived in Utah.

She’s left a positive mark on various foundations, nonprofits, corporations and higher education institutes, according to the JLM. She has also served on 10 corporate boards.

Wallin’s vision to provide college scholarships to high school students with high potential has grown into the Wallin Education Partners, with more than 30 donors.

The Wallin Scholars program selects students from the city of Minneapolis who might not otherwise be able to afford college and enables them to attend college with financial and counseling support. The effort has now reached more than 3,300 students.