The purpose of life is to serve others, the joy of life is to love others.
On December 21, 1988, five days before her 21st birthday, Karen was tragically killed in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. At the time, Karen, an early childhood education major at Boston College, was returning home from a semester of studying abroad in Vienna, Austria.
As a child in elementary school, Karen determined that she wanted to be a teacher and dedicate her life to helping the "little people." She loved all children and she loved them far beyond their station in life. Her life was one of support and caring for those less fortunate than herself. Upon her graduation from high school, she received the outstanding student award for her "distinguished volunteer service over a period of four years to the needy of her Maryland community."
Dedicated on April 20, 1996 to Karen and for the "little people," the Center provides visitors a place to explore the wonders of the natural world and the beauty of their own lives.