2016 Spring Newsletter / Alumni News / In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Alumni

The School honours the following alumni who have recently passed away.

Marie Kathleen Currie, BLS’48, passed away in Halifax on February 15, 2015. After graduating with her BLS from McGill, Kathleen began her career at the Brooklyn Public Library as a Children’s Librarian. In 1950, she returned to Halifax to become the first supervisor of the children’s department of the new Halifax Memorial Library. Kathleen went on to become the Acquisitions Librarian and Special Collections Librarian at Mount St. Vincent University. In the 1960’s, Kathleen had a national television show on CBC. Later, Kathleen was appointed by the Canadian Library Association as the Children’s Librarian at Montreal’s Expo’67, the International and Universal Exposition. She was active throughout her life in many community organizations and activities. Obituary: JA Snow Funeral Home.

Esther Frayda Cohen, BLS’52, passed away in Montreal on September 7, 2014. Obituary: The Gazette, Sept. 9, 2014.

Naomi (Signer) Kahane, BLS’55, passed away in Montreal on February 20, 2015. Naomi was a Children’s Librarian at Montreal’s Fraser Hickson Library. She was an accomplished weaver and a co-founder of the Farfelu Artist’s Cooperative in Knowlton, Quebec. Naomi also completed a master’s degree in Applied Human Sciences and became a facilitator, coach, and teacher. Obituary: The Gazette, Feb. 23, 2015.

Gerald Glass, BLS’62, passed away in Montreal on January 21, 2016. Gerald, also known as “Mr. Academic,” founded Montreal’s Academic Book Shop in 1963. In 1990, he published the book Academic and General Book Shop (Montreal), Librairie Academique: A Brief History. Gerald and his 40-year career with bookshop was featured in a 2007 Senior Times article: “Mr. Academic Reflects on His Bookstore,” available online. Obituary: The Gazette, Jan. 22, 2016.

Joann Morris, BLS’62, passed away in Halifax on March 7, 2015. After completing her degree at McGill, Joann worked at the Nova Scotia Research Foundation, followed by 28 years as a Librarian at the Nova Scotia Community College, Halifax Campus. Obituary: Chronicle Herald, Mar. 10, 2015.

Kathleen (Kay) Foy, BLS’65, passed away in St. Sauveur, Quebec on August 24, 2015 in her 104th year. Kathleen was a Children’s Librarian at the Town of Mount Royal Library, and at the Montreal Public Library. At 65, she became the Head Librarian of the Montreal Children’s Library from 1976 to 1986, where she opened new branches and implemented new programs such as the Moms and Tots program, and toy lending libraries. Obituary: The Gazette, Sept. 5, 2015.

Marvin Orbach, BLS’65, MLS’66, passed away on February 8, 2015. Marvin was a Librarian at Concordia University’s Vanier Library and an avid book collector.
In 2002, the Marvin Orbach Collection of Canadian Poetry, now exceeding 5,000 titles, was established at University of Calgary’s Special Collections. This gift has been recognized by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board as being of outstanding significance and national importance. In 2015, Marvin’s passion for collecting Canadian poetry was featured in the Quill & Quire feature, “Peace and Poetry Power: Marvin Orbach’s Incredible Legacy,” by Sue Carter, June 8, 2015. Obituary: The Gazette, Feb. 10, 2015.

Ruth (MacDonald) Miller, MLS’68, passed away in Sackville, New Brunswick, on November 24, 2015. After completing her MLS at McGill, Ruth moved to New Brunswick’s Mount Allison University, where she served as a Reference Librarian and as Acting University Librarian several times.

Marion McLaren, BLS’50, MLS’77, passed away in Lachine, Quebec, on December 4, 2014. For many years, Marion was a Librarian at the McGill Library. Marion served as President of the Association of McGill University Librarians from 1973-74. Obituary: The Gazette, Dec. 13-17, 2014.

Janet Matyskiel, MLIS’90, passed away on March 22, 2015. Obituary: Ottawa Citizen, Mar. 28, 2015.

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