In Memoriam: Channing R. Jeschke

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Photo credit: Taken from Tribute to Channing R. Jeschke

Professor Emeritus Channing R. Jeschke died on January 13, 2016, at age 86 and is survived by his wife of sixty years, Carol Ahrens Jeschke. He was the Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography and served on the Candler faculty from 1971 until his retirement in 1994.  In 2014 he received the Dean’s Medal from the Candler School of Theology in recognition of his faithful and creative service.

Professor Jeschke received his BA from Oberlin College, the BD from Yale University, the PhD from the University of Chicago, and the MS from Columbia University, and he was ordained in the United Church of Christ.  In addition to building the collections of the Pitts Theology Library and overseeing the major renovation of the library building in 1975-1976, he served as president of Board of Directors of ATLA (1988-1989) and was widely recognized for his encouragement of ATLA libraries to collect materials from Latin America, Africa, and Asia.  He was respected by colleagues for his integrity, embodiment of the scholar-librarian, and efforts to develop the next generation of theological librarians.  Staff of the Pitts Theology Library regarded him as a friend and one who subsumed any personal ambition for the benefit of the library and its mission to serve Emory and the larger world of theological education and research.

Submitted by M. Patrick Graham, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Read by M. Patrick Graham, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference

In Memoriam: Channing R. Jeschke

In Memoriam: James S. Irvine

James Sheppard Irvine was born on December 21, 1927, in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He received an A.B. magna cum laude from Washington and Jefferson College in 1949 and completed his B.D. at Western (now Pittsburgh) Presbyterian Seminary in 1952. He went on to do his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in Near Eastern Studies.

He returned to Western/Pittsburgh Seminary in 1958 where he taught Hebrew, Syriac and Akkadian and also served as librarian of the seminary, earning his M.L.S. in 1961 at the Carnegie Library School in Pittsburgh. In 1966 he was called to the library of Princeton Theological Seminary to be an assistant to Kenneth Gapp. Within a few weeks of his arrival, Kenneth Gapp died and he was appointed interim co-librarian. He continued to serve at the Princeton Theological Seminary Library until his retirement in 1998, at which time he held the title of Associate Seminary Librarian and Head of Technical Services.  In 2000 he moved to Medford Leas Retirement Center in Medford, New Jersey, where he died on January 9, 2016.

James Irvine was a long-time member of the American Theological Library Association, having joined ATLA in 1958 and he served from 1978-1983 as the ATLA Representative to the Council of National Library and Information Associations (CNLIA).

Submitted by Kenneth W. Henke, Princeton Theological Seminary Library, Princeton, NJ

Read by Patrick Milas, Princeton Theological Seminary Library, Princeton, NJ,  at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference

 

 

In Memoriam: James S. Irvine

In Memoriam: David Holifield

David Holifield passed away on February 5, 2016, in San Jose, California, after a long battle with ALS.  David was a theological librarian at several institutions during his career, and a member of the ATLA from 1990 until his death.

David received his B.A. in Religion from Azusa Pacific University in 1989, his M.L.S. from San Jose State University in 1992, and his M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1999.  He began his journey as a theological librarian at Fuller Theological Seminary where he worked from 1991 to 1998.  Later he joined the staff at Azusa Pacific University where he served as a reference librarian from 1998 to 2002.

In 2002 he moved to the Sacramento area of Northern California, along with his beloved wife Audrey, where he took up duties as the Librarian at William Jessup University.  David served in this role until 2006, when his job moved to the Sacramento campus of Western Seminary.  But during this time period David’s two children were born, and he decided to become a stay-at-home dad while at the same time being a part-time theological librarian, writer, editor, and consultant.

In early 2013 David was diagnosed with ALS.  He fought valiantly against the disease that eventually took his life.  Even in the throes of his debilitating illness he lived life to the fullest and was a wonderful husband, a dedicated Christian, and a devoted father.  The photographs from the last 3 years of his life reveal joy and love in the midst of struggle and hardship.  He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends and colleagues.

Submitted by Mark Stover, California State University, Northridge, CA

Read by Liz Leahy, Azusa Pacific Seminary, Azusa, CA, at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference

 

In Memoriam: David Holifield

In Memoriam: Diana Brice

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Diana Levonne Brice was born on October 9, 1944, in Pasadena, California. She grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and Columbia, Missouri, completing high school at the age of 16.  Diana married in 1964, and she and her husband had three children.  By 1987, Diana held not only the B.S. degree, but a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Library Science, all from the University of Missouri.

Diana’s library career began at the University of Colorado at Denver as Instructor and Management Reference Librarian.  She subsequently was Library Director of the Penn Valley Community College library in Kansas City. From 1991 to 2004 she worked for the Chicago Public Library system, mostly as a branch manager.  Diana entered theological librarianship in 2005 when she joined the staff of the JKM Library in Chicago as its Serials and Acquisitions Librarian, a position she held until her retirement in December of 2011.

During her JKM years Diana was an enthusiastic, active member of ATLA, particularly known for her pioneering work on the diversity committee.

Diana was a devout Christian, a voracious reader, a devotee of British TV mysteries, a wonderful cook, and a fierce advocate for folks with chronic, invisible illness.  As one of her JKM colleagues said, “she always had a little spark!”  We will miss that spark but also know that Diana has come to that long deserved rest with God when she passed on November 2, 2015, in Chicago at the age of 71.

Submitted by Christine Wenderoth, Director, the JKM Library, Chicago, IL.

In Memoriam: Diana Brice

In Memoriam: Rev. Martin O. Westerhaus

Martin O WesterhausRev. Martin O. Westerhaus passed away March 22, 2014, age 84.

Martin, a Lifetime Member of the American Theological Library Association, served as a Librarian and Professor at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Pastor at Zum Kripplein Christi Lutheran Church, and taught at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

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

In Memoriam: Rev. Martin O. Westerhaus

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