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