Magazine article American Libraries

Obituaries

Magazine article American Libraries

Obituaries

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Former University of Washington GSLIS Director Margaret Chisholm Dies at 78

Margaret Chisholm, director of the University of Washington Graduate School of Library and Information Science from 1981 to 1992, died of cancer November 21 at age 78.

Chisholm, who was 1988-89 president of the American Library Association, served as UW vice-president for University Relations and Development from 1975 to 1981, becoming the university's first female vice-president. She also served on the National Planning Committee for the White House Conference on Library and Information Services.

Under Chisholm's leadership, the UW GSLIS developed its current emphasis on information technology. Her daughters Janice Bonnet and Nancy Lane, both librarians, have established the Margaret Chisholm Motivate, Inspire, and Lead Fund--named for Chisholm's ALA presidential theme--to be used to bring library leaders to the school to inspire the next generation of librarians. For information on making a donation, contact the school at 206-543-1794 or e-mail slis@u.washington.edu.

"She was a good friend to many of us and we will all miss her," said Blanche Woolls, director of the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.

* Helen Gubbins, 95, who retired in 1972 after serving for 47 years as a children's librarian at the Chicago Public Library, died October 27. During World War II, she worked for the Navy as a librarian in San Francisco.

* Mary Heiges, director of the Carver County (Minn.) Library from 1978 until her retirement in August 1998, died of cancer November 19. From 1977 to 1978 she was president of the Minnesota Library Association. She was MLA's conference coordinator for 20 years, and in 1991 was awarded its Centennial Medal.

* Honor C. McCusker, 89, who retired in 1972 as director of library services for the United States Information Services Department, died November 17 after a long illness. …

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