Margaret “Peggy” Barber, 75, American Library Association (ALA) associate executive director of communications 1970-2000, died August 25. In that role, she established ALA’s Public Information Office, Public Programs Office, and the ALA Graphics department, which includes the Celebrity READ poster series. Barber also worked to establish the national library symbol that now appears on street signs nationwide. She coauthored Getting Your Grant: A How-toDo-It Manual for Librarians with Linda D. Crowe and received ALA’s 1999 Joseph W. Lippincott Award for distinguished service to the library profession. After leaving ALA, she was a principal consultant with Library Communication Strategies and served as copresident of Friends of Libraries USA (now United for Libraries).
Patricia Meyer Battin, 89, president of the Commission on Preservation and Access (now the Council on Library and Information Resources) 1987–1994, died April 22. She became the first woman appointed director of an Ivy League university library when she was named vice president for information services at Columbia University in 1978. She was a leader in convincing publishers to use alkaline-based paper to combat paper deterioration, and she secured funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a 20-year project to microfilm 3 million endangered volumes. The Association of College and Research Libraries recognized her as 1990 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year, and President Bill Clinton awarded her the National Humanities Medal in 1999.
Carol Ligon Bentley, 92, a professor of library sciences at Chicago State University until her retirement in 1999, died May 29. Bentley was a member of Black Women in Higher Education and a chapter director of Phi Delta Kappa.
Donald B. Cleveland, 83, professor emeritus at the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Science in Denton, died April 17. He designed the school’s interdisciplinary PhD program in information science. The Association for Information Science and Technology recognized him with the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award in 2004. Cleveland cowrote Introduction to Indexing and Abstracting and Health Informatics for Medical Librarians and served as a consultant to many national and international organizations.
Barbara J. Keller, 81, cataloging librarian at Indiana State University in Terre Haute 1967–1997, died February 22.
Judi Paradis, 60, coordinator of the Anne A. Russell Children’s Educational and Cultural Enrichment Fund at Robbins Library in Arlington, Massachusetts, for 10 years in the 1990s and early 2000s, died April 28. She had also been a librarian at Arlington’s Peirce and Stratton Elementary Schools.
C. Patricia Riesenman, 86, a leader in the Reference and User Services Association’s Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS, now the Emerging Technologies Section), died June 7. She chaired MARS’s Education and Training of Search Analysts Committee and the Planning Committee and was active on other committees. At Indiana University Libraries, she worked to establish the Computer-Aided Reference Service in the late 1970s and helped to found and develop the Indiana Online Users Group in 1982. She received the MARS Achievement Award in 1997 and the 2006 William Evans Jenkins Librarian Award.
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.