Volume 21, Number 8
- Helen Diana Burgess, paper conservation scientist for the
Canadian Conservation Institute since 1978, retired in January 1998,
after several years of medical leave. She was a leading researcher
and expert on the effects of conservation treatments on paper:
cellulose degradation analysis, conservation bleaching, washing,
enzyme applications on paper, and aqueous and mass deacidification.
Her handbook, "Practical Considerations for Conservation Bleaching,"
is widely used. She will be missed by many admirers and colleagues
in the United States, as well as in Canada.
- Neil Cockerline, after ten years at the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art, has left the conservation field to join the
circus. He is Assistant General Manager Controller of Circus
- Marc Esser has been the Book Conservator for Rare Books
and Special Collections for almost four years at the John J. Burns
Library at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. His
e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Robert Feller, now retired from his position as Director
of the Center on the Materials of the Artist and the Conservator in
Pittsburgh, has been made an Honorary Fellow of the International
Institute for Conservation. He graduated from Dartmouth College as
a chemistry major, but "took almost all of the art courses they
had." His Ph.D. was in organic chemistry at Rutgers. He began work
at the Center in 1950, and it was the only job he ever had, not
counting the many posts he held in professional organizations (IIC,
ICOM, AIC). He liked to talk to conservators and watch them at work
in the conservation studio. Joyce Hill Stoner wrote the
announcement of his retirement and supplied biographical information
in the IIC Bulletin for April 1998.
- Françoise Flieder, founder and director of the
Centre de Recherches sur la Conservation des Documents Graphiques
(CRCDG) in Paris, retired in 1997. She has been appointed
Researcher Emeritus and will no doubt spend some of her retirement
bringing to completion her research projects, according to the March
1998 CCI Newsletter, which reported her retirement.
She was made an Honorary member of the ICOM Committee for
Conservation at its 11th Triennial Meeting in Edinburgh.
- Dorothy Frye has been named Preservation Archivist for the
Michigan State University Libraries. Before beginning her new
appointment in 1997, she served for 11 years as Reference Archivist
and preservation officer for the University Archives and Historical
Collections at MSU.
- Robert Organ, now retired from the Conservation Lab of the
Smithsonian, is at Netherlea Cottage, Ileene Road, Tarbert, Argyll,
Scotland, PA29 6TU, UK.
- Jan Paris, library conservator at the Wilson Library,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a new fellow of the
AIC. Like many who have distinguished themselves in conservation
and preservation, she was a practicing bookbinder before she sought
formal training, first through library conservation internships in
Dublin, Paris and Washington, DC (the Folger Shakespeare Library)
and then in the conservation program at Columbia University in 1988.
She interned at the Library of Congress under Tom Albro.
- David H. Stam retires this summer after 12 years as
University Librarian at Syracuse University, and a long career as
librarian and administrator active in preservation. He was the
Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries at the New York
Public Library, 1978-86; and [Head] Librarian at the Milton S.
Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University, 1973-78. He chaired
the Preservation of Library Materials Committee in ARL, 1976-82, and
the New York State Advisory Council on Conservation and Preservation
of Library Materials, 1985-88; and he consulted on National
Preservation Planning at the British Library Research and
Development Office. His son Julian is the Preservation Review
Librarian at the Widener Library, Harvard University.
- Sarah Stauderman is an archives preservation fellow at the
Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education (formerly
CAL). Her job is to help archives and research collections in
Smithsonian buildings with sound preservation practices, using
guidelines developed by Senior Paper Conservator Dianne van der
- Joan Warnow-Blewett, a leading advocate of preservation
for the records of science, retired on August 1, 1997, from her
position as associate director of the Center for History of Physics
of the American Institute of Physics. She is the author of
Appraising the Records of Modern Science and Technology: A
Guide (MIT, 1985), which is still available from SAA.
Immediately after her retirement last August, she was rehired by AIP
part-time as archivist emeritus, and continues as project director
of the grant-funded AIP Study of Multi-Institutional Collaborations.
(Her husband is the eminent accelerator physicist John Blewett.)
- Harold Williams, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty
Trust from 1981 until his retirement in January 1998, received the
AIC's highest award, the Forbes Medal, in recognition of his
leadership in the arts and humanities, and his sustained commitment
to and support of the field of conservation.
- Elizabeth Kner, a distinguished bookbinder, died March 2
of this year at the age of 100. She came to the United States from
Hungary in 1949, and worked in the rare book collection at the
Newberry Library until 1953, when she opened her own bindery. In
1973 Bill Anthony became her partner in Kner & Anthony. An
obituary will appear in the June Guild of Book Workers
- Margery S. Long, audiovisual curator of the Walter P.
Reuther Library at Wayne State University in Detroit, died December
19, 1997. She had been a teacher and promoter of preservation,
visual materials, sound recordings, and archival exhibitions--all
areas then neglected among archivists. She co-authored "Archives
and Manuscripts: Administration of Photographic Collections;" taught
a graduate-level course, "Conservation and Administration of
Photograph Collections;" and offered workshops under SAA. She was
one of the first subscribers to the Abbey Newsletter in