Paul T. Walls (1914–83) spent 31 years on SPU’s Board of Trustees, including 20 as its chair, and was known for his integrity and financial acumen. “To Seattle Pacific he brought a vision of leadership, a sense of financial genius and integrity, and a deep concern that SPU maintain its distinctive as an evangelical Christian university," remembers V.O. “Bud” McDole, Seattle Pacific Board of Trustees member.
A successful career in real estate cultivated Walls’ ability to help manage the growth of Seattle Pacific from a college into a university. So too did his life of strong and active service to the Free Methodist Church at both local and national levels.
Before his death, Paul and his wife, Vera, established an educational foundation to help students realize a seminary education that provides the intellectual and spiritual leadership to stimulate and strengthen the denomination into the future.