Gary Bogart, 75, who retired as assistant director of Pinellas Park (Fla.) Public Library in 2010, died June 19, 2018. He previously held administrative positions at New York Public Library and had been editor of the Standard Catalog Series published by H. W. Wilson Company.
Margaret Patricia (Pat) Hillmer, 83, director ofTiffin-Seneca (Ohio) Public Library from 1981 until her 2008 retirement, died June 23. During her tenure, she expanded services and library systems automation, established a library Friends group and the Tiffin-Seneca Library Foundation, and was awarded the Ohio Library Association’s Librarian of the Year Award in 2004.
Carol Jean McMurry, 74, who held positions at University of Wyoming’s Coe Library, Laramie County (Wyo.) Library System, and University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency Clinic in Cheyenne, died June 1. McMurry was also a library philanthropist, making donations to University of Wyoming that funded a library reading room, a campus reading program, library staff development and recognition programs, library collections, an author series, and an endowed librarian position.
James A. Miley, 69, director of Kendallville (Ind.) Public Library 1979-1983 and Troy-Miami (Ohio) County Public Library from 1983 until his retirement in 2009, died June 16.
Lucille Cole Thomas, 97, died June 15. Thomas began her career as a librarian at Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library (BPL). She joined the New York City Board of Education as librarian 1956-1968; she served as supervisor of library services 1968-1977 and as assistant director of the office of library, media, and telecommunications 1977-1983. In 1993, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of BPL. Thomas was an ALA Councilor for 22 years and served on the Executive Board 1985-1991. She was the first African-American president of the New York Library Association and the New York City School Librarians Association. Among her honors are the 1996 US National Commission on Libraries and Information Science Silver Award, the 1988 Grolier Foundation Award, ALA Honorary Membership in 2003, and the 1994 Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Librarians. BPL’s Excellence in Librarianship Award was named for her in 2017.
Barbara Ketterman von Wahlde, 81, director of libraries at University of Buffalo from 1986-2006, died June 14. Von Wahlde worked at the libraries of many academic institutions throughout her career, including University of Maine in Orono; University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg; University of Western Florida in Pensacola; Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut; and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Before retiring she also served as visiting librarian at Istanbul Technical University and acting library director at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.