Ms. Willig came to IPFW as an employee in the Child Care Center in 1977. She remained there until 1987 when she joined the the temporary pool of employees. In the spring of 1988 she became a Service Desk employee in Walter E. Helmke Library. Following a serious illness she worked part-time and returned to full time employment in 1994. She retired on June 30, 2005. She was the first recipient of a library award for excellence in service which eventually bore her name, the Virginia D. Willig Award. Ms. Willig worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" in an airplane assembly plant during World War II. She also worked for Phil T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television and for the Fort Wayne Community Schools as a math and reading tutor and media clerk from 1967 to 1977.