OBITUARIES: Daniel Craig Horne, 1948-2003

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Daniel Craig Horne, consumer health librarian at the New Hanover County Public Library in Wilmington, North Carolina, died on August 19, 2003, after a courageous battle with liver cancer and a liver transplant.

Born September 23, 1948, in Aiea, Hawaii, Dan was the third of the four sons of Philip and Doris Horne. As part of a Navy family, Dan lived in many places (two favorites were Japan and Guam) until his family settled in Palo Alto, California, where Dan completed high school. He attended the University of California at Davis (where he met and married Mima Trojak) and earned his bachelor's degree (English literature) in 1973. He completed his master's degree at San Jose State University in 1977. In 1984, he became life sciences librarian at the NASA/Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

He moved to North Carolina in 1988 and became the head of reference and adult services at the New Hanover County Public Library. Because of his patience and personality and his concern for all, Dan quickly built a devoted library clientele.

Wilmington lacked a consumer health information service, so Dan and this writer began a grassroots group in the mid 1990s, which eventually secured funding to create the first such service in North Carolina, one of the first in the Southeast. Dan was hired by the New Hanover Regional Medical Center to do this, a labor of love that he began with a passion. He added special touches, including a saltwater fish aquarium, artwork from the Southwestern desert, and mission-style furniture. Dan loved the facility and happily showed it to visiting librarians. …