University of Wisconsin-Madison colleagues participated in the campus' annual blood drive Thursday to honor the memory of Maureen Grant, the victim of a bus-pedestrian crash in Madison last June.
Blood drives are an annual event for the staff at UW-Madison's Memorial Library. But the drive on Thursday was to remember one of their own.
Grant, a UW Libraries employee of 26 years, died after being struck by a bus while walking across University Avenue in June 2011.
"Maureen was a regular blood donor," said UW-Madison Libraries Interim Director Ed Van Gemert. "She gave blood not only at the university drives, but also in her hometown in New Glarus."
Colleagues said they remember her as a vibrant, passionate and inquisitive individual with contagious optimism.
"She would always make you laugh," said friend and colleague Heather Weltin. "She always had a smile."