Alexander Tscherny, 93, acquisitions librarian at Library of Congress (LC) until his retirement in 1993, died May 7, 2020. He had previously held several positions at LC, as well as the position of junior archivist at the National Archives’ microfilm repository of captured Nazi records. He also worked internationally, including serving as chief of party of Bryant College’s envoy to the Instituto de Estudios Superiores in the Dominican Republic (now known as Universidad APEC).
Luisa del Carmen Carolina Vigo Cepeda, past director and professor at Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologias de la Información, the University of Puerto Rico’s library school, died November 26. She cofounded the Association of University, Research, and Institutional Libraries of the Caribbean and served at various points as its president and its executive secretary. She also served as president of the Sociedad de Bibliotecarios de Puerto Rico.
Alan Cornish, 59, director of library technology services at University of Oregon in Eugene since 2018, died November 5. Prior to joining University of Oregon, he served as automation librarian at Texas A&M University Libraries in College Station; systems librarian at National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland; head of library systems at Washington State University Libraries in Pullman; and program manager for the Orbis Cascade Alliance consortium in Eugene.
Ben Emmett Grimm, 96, director of Jersey City (N.J.) Free Public Library until his 1985 retirement, died November 9. He served as 1968-1969 president of the New Jersey Library Association, and after retirement worked as a library consultant.
Frank P. Grisham, 92, died October 9. He served as director of Vanderbilt (Tenn.) University Library from 1968 until 1982, then as executive director of the Southeastern Library Network in Atlanta until his retirement in 1994. Grisham, who established the Vanderbilt Television News Archive in 1968, received many library awards, including the American Library Association’s (ALA) Melvil Dewey Medal and the Southeastern Library Association’s Rothrock Award.
Janet M. Hauser, 85, who retired from Glencoe (Ill.) Public Library as children’s librarian in 2010, died December 7.
Marjorie Lewis, 91, a children’s librarian in schools and public libraries in Montclair, New Jersey; Scarsdale, New York; and London, died December 7. Lewis also wrote three children’s books and coedited Waltzing on Water, an anthology of poetry by women.
Stephen M. Roberts, 71, associate vice president for university libraries at University of Buffalo, New York, until his 2010 retirement, died September 21. During his 33 years at the university, he established UBdigit, which made the university’s digital collections available, and UB Wings, the first campus-wide information system. His efforts led UB Libraries to receive the New York State Library’s Joseph F. Shubert Moving Toward Excellence Award in 1997.
Everett Wilkie, 73, head librarian of the Connecticut Historical Society until his 1997 retirement, died December 23. He previously served as bibliographer at Brown University’s John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island, and reference librarian at Indiana University’s Lilly Library in Bloomington. Wilkie produced several descriptive bibliographies and research works on French Americana during his library career and in retirement as an independent scholar. He was active in the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, chairing its Security Committee for almost 20 years and serving as section liaison to ACRL’s Standards and Accreditation Committee for at least a decade.
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.