James Bobick, 76, a science librarian for 35 years, died May 3. He worked at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; Temple University in Philadelphia; and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland before serving as head of the Science and Technology Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for 16 years. He coauthored and edited The Handy Science Answer Book and Science and Technology Resources: A Guide for Information Professionals.
William Garrison, 70, dean of University of South Florida (USF) Libraries in Tampa from 2008 until his 2015 retirement, died April 28. Before joining USF, Garrison had more than 30 years of library experience at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; Stanford (Calif.) University; University of Colorado in Boulder; and Syracuse (N.Y.) University. He was instrumental in creating and supporting the LGBTQ Collection at USF and oversaw major renovations of the library’s first and second floors. He also taught cataloging throughout his career, published numerous papers, and was an Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow (2004-2006).
Barbara Burns Moran, 75, faculty member and former dean of the School oflnformation and Library Science at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died May 2. She was a member of the faculty from 1981 until her retirement in 2017. During her time as dean (1990-1998), she enhanced technical resources, added an undergraduate minor program, increased graduate enrollment by 32%, and began the school’s London and Prague summer seminars. She published more than 85 journal articles and book chapters, and coauthored Library and Information Center Management.
Lillian E. Potter, 87, longtime head of monographs cataloging at University of Texas at Austin Libraries, died April 30.
Barbara Van Deventer, 82, assistant director for collection development at University of Chicago (UC) until retiring in 1999, died April 22. At UC, her duties included public services for humanities and social sciences, and she was noted for her skills in cultivating donors and incorporating digital materials into the collection. She previously worked at Stanford University Libraries as government documents librarian, head of Cubberley Education Library, and social sciences curator.
David N. Forsythe, 79, a leader in library automation at the SUNY/OCLC Network in New York State from 1979 to 1995, died September 17, 2019. More recently, he led library renovation efforts at Panorama Library in Lacey, Washington.
Anne Warren Albano, 95, former director of Lyndhurst (N.J.) Public Library, and later director of the children’s room at West Caldwell (N.J.) Public Library, died March 16. During her career, Albano also served as a librarian at Trinity Academy in Caldwell, Roseland Free Public Library, and Caldwell Public Library, all in New Jersey.
Charles Brown, 1990-1991 president of the Public Library Association, died February 15. During a nearly 5O-year career, he held directorships at New Orleans Public Library, Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Library, Hennepin County (Minn.) Library, Arlington (Va.) Public Library, and Solano County
(Calif.) Library. Brown also served on the executive boards of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Black Caucus of the ALA, and was a popular speaker at library conferences in the US and internationally.
June Ekelund, 72, librarian for many years at Brookside Elementary School in Ossining, New York, died March 21.
Bonnie L. O’Brien, 77, director of Shrewsbury (Mass.) Public Library from 1978 until her 2004 retirement, died March 13. She oversaw a renovation and addition to the library building and was one of 28 librarians who organized and developed CW MARS, a western Massachusetts library consortium for resource sharing. O’Brien was elected to the Massachusetts Library Association Hall of Fame in 2010.
Marjorie Pahanish, 92, a librarian and bookmobile driver for Lepper Library in Lisbon, Ohio, for many years, died April 3.
David Price, 54, librarian and technology coordinator at Orange (Calif.) Public Library for 20 years, died January 20.