In Memoriam: Rosalyn Lewis

Miss Rosalyn Lewis passed away on July 18, 2014, at her home in Aldersgate in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Rosalyn was born in Stamford, Texas, February 24, 1940, and grew up in Spur, Texas. She graduated from McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, and taught the public schools for several years before receiving a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Denver. Rosalyn had a 29 year career at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tennessee, where she retired as the Rights and Permissions/Library Manager.

While working at the United Methodist Publishing House, the General Board of Higher Education and the President of the Publishing House selected Rosalyn to chair the committee to oversee the creation of the theological library for Africa University in Zimbabwe. Rosalyn made several trips to Zimbabwe, ultimately overseeing the opening of a permanent library which she helped design. Rosalyn took pride in her role in the creation of Africa University, which has had students from the entire African continent and which counts church leaders among its graduates.

After retiring from the United Methodist Publishing House, Rosalyn moved to Aldersgate in Charlotte and continued her travels.

Rosalyn was an active member of the Tennessee Theological Library Association, and hosted a celebration of its 50-year history in 2001. She is a past president of the American Theological Library Association (1988), having served as Vice President the previous year, and was instrumental in the association’s governance by leading its bylaws committee for several years before her presidency.

We welcome your remembrances, thoughts, and memories in the comments below.

Presented by Roger L. Loyd, Director of the Divinity Library, Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC, at the 2015 ATLA Annual Conference.

In Memoriam: Rosalyn Lewis

In Memoriam: Carol P. Cummins

Carol Virginia Parr Cummins served as Head of Public Services at the Bishop Payne Library, Virginia Theological Seminary, from 1989 until her retirement in 1999, then continuing to work part-time circulation desk service until 2006. She enjoyed several years of retirement before declining heath led to her death on November 1, 2011.

Carol was born in Colon, Panama, to a military family and first came to the Washington, D.C. area as a child. She graduated from high school in Washington, Pa. in 1956 and from the University of California at Berkeley in 1960. In 1987, she returned to the Washington area and began working in the Alexandria Public Library system while pursuing her Master of Library Science degree at the University of Maryland, graduating in 1989.

Carol was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Alexandria, where she sang in the choir and directed the hand-bell choir. She is survived by her husband, Jerold Cummins, a son, and several grandchildren.

When Virginia Seminary hosted the ATLA conference in Washington, DC in June 1998, Carol took a leadership role, coordinating the schedule for the day on-campus at Virginia Seminary and serving as table host for an ATLA dinner group that evening. Always willing to go the extra mile for patrons and for co-workers, Carol was unfailingly pleasant and professional, gracious, and generous of spirit to everyone she met. Carol Cummins embodied the true spirit and meaning of “public services librarian.”

We welcome your remembrances, thoughts, and memories in the comments below.

Presented by Mitzi J. Budde, Head Librarian & Professor, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia, at the 2015 ATLA Annual Conference.

In Memoriam: Carol P. Cummins

In Memoriam: Grace E. Mullen

Grace E. Mullen
Grace E. Mullen

The American Theological Library Association remembers the life of Grace E. Mullen, Archivist and Assistant Librarian at Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, PA.

Grace was born in Wildwood, NJ, on March 7, 1943. After graduating from Calvin College, Grace taught at various Christian schools around the country and then earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. Following her graduation from UPenn, Grace taught school in Iran for a year and then returned home to work at the Presbyterian Historical Society.

Grace began work in the library at Westminster in September of 1975. Over the years Grace worked tirelessly, meeting the research needs of the seminary’s faculty and students and very ably serving as the Acting Library Director on four different occasions. Those of us who had the privilege of working with Grace on a daily basis will always be grateful for her and will miss her wisdom, good humor, and professionalism. Grace’s contributions to the work of the library were recognized by the wider community when, in June of this year, the American Theological Library Association granted her an honorary life membership in recognition of her exemplary work.

In honor of Grace Mullen, Westminster has set up a memorial scholarship for international students. If you would like to contribute to the funding of this scholarship, please click here.

[Adapted from a tribute by Sandy Finlayson, Director of Library Services at Westminster Theological Seminary]

In Memoriam: Grace E. Mullen

In Memoriam: Dr. Dennis A. Norlin

Dr. Dennis A. Norlin

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) remembers the life of Dr. Dennis A. Norlin, retired ATLA Executive Director. Dennis passed away on Friday June 7, 2013, after a serious illness.

Please join us in offering his family and friends our sincerest condolences during this sad time.

Dennis will be remembered and missed as a colleague and friend, and we are grateful for his fifteen years of loyal service to ATLA.

A memorial service for Dennis was held at Feast of Victory Lutheran Church, Acme (Mich.), on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 7 p.m.  Memorial gifts may be sent to Advent Lutheran Church, Dennis Norlin Memorial, P.O. Box 249, Lake Ann, MI 49650.

Please read more about Dennis at this link.

There will be a social gathering in Chicago to honor and remember Dennis in September, and members of the Norlin family will be present. You are cordially invited to attend.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. with a brief program at 6 p.m.

Quarles & Brady LLP
300 North LaSalle Street, Suite 4000, Chicago, Illinois 60654

RSVPs are kindly requested to be sent to Rick Rybak ( no later than August 29th. Due to security in the building, advance registration is required. Feel free to share with friends and colleagues.

ATLA members and colleagues are invited to share their thoughts and memories to be compiled by ATLA staff for Dr. Norlin’s family and friends. To add your own reflections about Dennis, please provide a comment in the “Leave a Reply” section below.  If you would like to share photos or personal memories, please feel free to e-mail

If you would like to speak with someone at ATLA headquarters, please contact Margot Lyon, or 312-775-9433.

In Memoriam: Dr. Dennis A. Norlin

​In Memoriam: André Paris

André Paris

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) remembers the life of André Paris, Chief Librarian at Saint Paul University (Ottawa, ON), ATLA member and current member of the ATLA Board of Directors. Mr. Paris passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2012, from unanticipated complications following a minor surgery.

André was a respected colleague whose professional contributions and warm friendship will be missed. ATLA offers its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Paris.

Please share your thoughts and memories below to be compiled by ATLA staff for André’s family and friends.

​In Memoriam: André Paris