Friends of the Bancroft Library's Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) will be saddened to learn of the death of Amelia "Chita" Fry Davis, who died late in December 2009 in Carmel Valley after a long illness.
Known to the oral history world as Chita Fry, she joined ROHO in its infancy in 1959. For the next 25 years she designed and conducted comprehensive projects exploring significant topics in California history and their interaction with regional and national issues. Working closely with Willa Baum, ROHO director for 43 years, Chita was active in the founding of the Oral History Association and the development and direction of oral history throughout the country. Landmark projects included documentation of the governorship of Earl Warren, and of the Suffragists.
Gabrielle Morris and Ann Lage
In the spring 2009 issue (no. 9) of the Chronicle of the University of California, Judy Bolstad writes about the establishment of the School of Public Health. With origins as early as 1919, the school became the first school of public health west of the Mississippi in 1944. The authority to establish the school and money to create it came from AB515 from then Governor Earl Warren's first legislative session--a most unusual circumstance for the establishment of an academic department on a UC campus. In honor of the governor, the new public health building was named Earl Warren Hall. Included in the article is a photo and some history of the Public Health Library.
Head, Public Health Library
Richard Cándida Smith, director of the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO), has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and will be serving as Distinguished Professor of American Studies at the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro for the spring 2010 semester and the summer. During his absence, ROHO's associate director Victor Geraci will serve as acting director.
Director, the Bancroft Library
Jeffery Loo joined the UCB Library in November as the Cheminformatics Librarian. Although his position is funded through a LBL contract, hs home base will be the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library. Jeff hails from Canada, but has traveled extensively since earning his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Simon Frasier University. He was an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine, earned a master's degree in chemoinformatics at the University of Sheffield in the UK, and most recently, successfuly defended his PhD dissertation in Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jeff is also the founding editor of Mobile Medical Computing Reviews, an open access journal.
Mary Ann Mahoney
Head, Chemistry Library
Please join me in wishing Wendell Hogg well in his retirement from the University Library. For the past 30 years, Wendell has provided consistent and timely mail delivery and receipt of our precious packages of library materials and important documents. Wendell joined the library community in May of 1979, starting as a mail processor reporting to Albert Hawkins. In 1982 Wendell earned a reclassification to Senior Mail Processor and in 1985 was temporarily reclassified to Mail Room Supervisor, permanently earning this promotion in 1986.
In 1996 Wendell received a distinguished service award for meeting cost saving targets by reducing operations costs and improving services. Wendell implemented a number of mail processing systems/ techniques which greatly improved the timely delivery of mail, efficiency of mail services, and resulted in cost savings for the library.
Beginning November 1, 2009, Susan Francisco, who manages Mail and Transportation Services for the Library, will assume responsibility for the daily mail room operations in addition to her other duties. My thanks to Susan for her adoption of these new responsibilities to provide continuity in communications with library staff, and to Wendell for his many years of service to the Library.
Chief Financial Officer