The building was made possible by a donation from North Newton physician Wilmer Harms to honor the memory of his late wife, Esther. A long-time supporter of Tabor, Harms has contributed his time, treasure and talents to the school.
Harms is the founding chairman of the board of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, since its formation in 1975. He also is member emeriti of the Tabor College Board of Directors, having served on the board from 1978-1996.
Harms has written five books. As a student of Mennonite history, he has led several educational tours to Russia.