Lorna is a 1940 graduate of the Milwaukee State Teachers College, predecessor school to UWM, earning a degree in early childhood education. She began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse, then became principal of a two-room schoolhouse. She received her MS in Library Studies in 1971 and worked as a librarian.
Lorna wished to honor the memory of her aunts, Cora and Lucy, both of whom taught in Washington County, west of Milwaukee. Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in the School of Education who intend to teach and demonstrate financial hardship.