George R. Tucker, 78, trustee of Toledo Lucas County (Ohio) Public Library and most recently board president, died June 12.
Diedre Goode, head of children’s services at Great Neck (N.Y.) Library, died in May.
Theresa Mlawer, 75, president of Lectorum Publications from 1976–2009, died March 21. Lectorum was the largest distributor of Spanish-language books in the US, and she negotiated Spanish-language rights for the works of authors like Dr. Seuss, Marc Brown, and Patricial Polacco. In recognition of her efforts to promote library and information services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking, the Reforma Northeast Chapter recently renamed its lifetime achievement award in her honor.
John N. Berry III, 87, editor in chief of Library Journal 1969-2006, died October 10. Berry won the American Library Association’s (ALA) Joseph W. Lippincott Award in 1992 and the Service to the Association for Library and Information Science Education award in 1993.
Hans J. Fischer, 87, died August 27. In 1960, he founded the architecture firm that was ultimately known as Fischer-Stein Associates; for 30 years, he led the firm and designed many libraries. After retiring in 1990, he served as a consultant for more than 50 library projects in Kansas.
Patricia Swindell Griffin, 80, library director at Roanoke Bible College (now Mid-Atlantic Christian University) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, 1963-2004, died October 23.
Georgiana Huizenga, 75, director of Harris-Elmore (Ohio) Public Library until her retirement in 2011, died September 4. She previously served as manager of Wood County (Ohio) District Public Library’s Walbridge branch.
Ernest Boyce Ingles, 71, died September 17. Ingles was founding director of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (now Canadiana.org); university librarian at University of Regina, Saskatchewan; and university librarian and eventual director of the School of Library and Information Studies at University of Alberta in Edmonton. Innovations that Ingles worked to implement include the creation of the NEOS Library Consortium in Alberta, the Alberta Library lending consortium, the Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library, and the First Nations Information Connection. In 2001, Ingles was the first practicing librarian to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and he received ALA’s Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship in 2017 in recognition of his establishment of the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute.
Susana Liu, 77, former Chinese American Librarians Association president, died September 27. Liu had served as a librarian at San Jose (Calif.) State University; City College of San Francisco; Stanford (Calif.) University; Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California; Texas A&M University in College Station; Rice University in Houston; University of Missouri in Columbia; and Cleveland State University.
Shirley H. McGrath, 91, a reference librarian at Memorial Hall Library in Andover, Massachusetts, in the 1980s and 1990s, died April 14. McGrath had also been a reference librarian at Rapid City (S. Dak.) Public Library and Lafayette (La.) Public Library.
Katharine “Kate” Park, 40, former executive director of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library (DPL), died July 2. Park served on the board of United for Libraries and increased funding for DPL, including securing funds in 2014 from the National Endowment for the Arts to bring the Big Read to Dallas.
Patricia Patrick, 82, head of children’s services at Upper Hudson Library System in Albany, New York, until her retirement in 1995, died October 10.