Barbara Raeder Palmer is a 1946 graduate of Iowa State University. After moving to State College in 1953, Barbara served on the Board of Directors of C-COR Electronics, where her husband was CEO, for 25 years. She was active in the community as the first woman president of the Centre County United Way, Vice President of Hemlock Girl Scout Council, volunteer at the Park Forest Day Nursery and numerous other service agencies.
Barbara served on the Steering Committee for Penn State's Grand Destiny campaign and is on the Advisory Board of the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State. The Palmers created funds for faculty and students at both Iowa State and Penn State, and, as avid art collectors, provided the lead gift to renovate and expand Penn State's art museum, reborn as the Palmer Museum of Art.
Barbara has also supported Centre Volunteers in Medicine, as well as national organizations devoted to health and well being, funding a genetic research project for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Barbara has given several keynote presentations nationally on the role of women in philanthropy. She is an Honorary Alumna of Penn State and was named the Renaissance Woman of the Year in 1982.
Barbara served on the Steering Committee for the Commitment to Distinction Campaign for Mount Nittany Medical Center.