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The DeKalb County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of the Deborah and Colin Booth Fund. The new field of interest fund will allow the Booths to support DeKalb County organizations serving two areas of need: food insecurity and victims of domestic violence.

The Booths both retired from Northern Illinois University in 2014. Colin was a professor of geology and Deborah served as the Director of External Programs for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. They have two married children, Paul and Anna, and one grandson Hank, who was born in 2016. Paul lives in the Chicago area and Anna resides near Philadelphia.

Since their retirement, Colin and Deborah have traveled throughout the US, visiting presidential historical sites, gardens, museums, and concert halls. Colin maintains his interests in geology, painting, and drawing, while Deborah enjoys gardening, reading, and politics. She is also active in several community organizations, including Barb Food Mart and Friends of DeKalb Public Library and serves on the DeKalb Enhancement Commission and the Wurlitzer Foundation Board.

“We are aware of how fortunate our family has been and want to help those who have not been so lucky,” said Deborah and Colin Booth.

Donations to any fund at the Community Foundation, including the Deborah and Colin Booth Fund, can be made online at dekalbccf.org/donate, or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For questions or additional information on funds, please contact Executive Director Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org.

 Pictured: Deborah and Colin Booth


The DeKalb County Community Foundation, established in 1993, strives to enhance the quality of life in DeKalb County by proactively addressing community needs and expanding, managing, and distributing philanthropic resources. The Foundation distributes approximately $2 million in grants every year in DeKalb County thanks to the generous donors who partner with us. 

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