Elizabeth Owens; Distinguished Librarian

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A memorial service for Elizabeth W. Owens, a noted librarian, lecturer and instructor, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church of St. Louis, 6501 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton. Burial was private.

Mrs. Owens, 94, died Aug. 18, 1994 at Memorial Home in St. Louis after a brief illness. She had lived in Richmond Heights for many years.

She began her career as a children's librarian at the St. Louis Public Library. She later worked as a book reviewer and as a history teacher at Rolla High School in Rolla.

From 1942 to 1952, she was a librarian at the Mercantile Trust Co. here. In 1951, she became one of the first librarians in the country to be elected a corporate officer.

She was chief librarian at Union Electric Co. from 1952 until she retired in 1967. After retiring, she supervised and trained staff librarians at various institutions here, including St. Luke's Hospital and Washington University. She taught library courses and lectured at many colleges and universities throughout her career. …