Bessie Brooks Winspear

A gift to honour: Winspear sons pay tribute to mother 

Bessie Brooks Winspear
Bessie Brooks

Bessie Brooks Winspear was the wife of philanthropist Francis Winspear.

Their son, Bill Winspear, requested in his 1999 pledge of $1 million to the library expansion campaign to honour his mother posthumously with a named space in the library.

Another son, Claude, also contributed to this legacy in his mother's name through a $250,000 bequest from the Winspear Foundation.

The Bessie Brooks Winspear Music & Media Commons enhances the use of the music and audio collections at UVic, a fitting tribute to the Winspear's family long-standing passion for music, opera and theatre.