Walter M. Pennington (1945-1997) taught at Washington Middle School in Aurora for twenty-six years.
He coached wrestling, girls basketball and co-ed track at the school.
He also served as coach of the girls cross country and track teams at West Aurora High School from 1985-1989.
Mr. Pennington battled cancer for several years prior to his death.
During that time, his family and friends created a scholarship fund to reflect his devotion to the field of teaching and his interest in the works of authors Jack London and Edgar Allan Poe.
Scholarships from the fund are awarded to graduates of West Aurora High School who will be studying within the field of education.