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John Cushman Abbott, 83, founding director of the Lovejoy Library at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, died January 3. Abbott began his library career as an assistant at the Library of Congress from 1951 to 1954. At SIU, his first responsibilities included coordinating two residence-center libraries at the Alton and East St. Louis campuses. When the university acquired land for a new campus in Edwardsville, Abbott was part of the planning and design committee for the new library. * Maria "Pat" Anderson, library administrator for the Newport News (Va.) Public Library System, died January 17. She joined the system in 1971 as junior librarian, and was promoted to supervising librarian, support services manager, and finally library administrator in 1998. * Virginia Clark-Baker, 75, a founding editor of Choice magazine and project editor for the second and third editions of the Association of College and Research Libraries' Books for College Libraries, died January 3. In more than 30 years as editor, she developed the journal's high standards of reviewer selection, reviewer assignment, and editing. She also worked as a reference librarian at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and after retirement volunteered at the Women's Library and the South Place Ethical Society in London. * Sidney Foster Graves Jr., director of the Southern Mississippi Regional Library in Columbia and the Carnegie Public Library in Clarksdale, Mississippi, died January 8. One year, when the Clarksdale library received no funding, Graves raised money to keep it operating with its full staff and full hours. …


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