Tag Archives: In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Donald E. Keeney

Submitted by Duane Carter, Electronic Resources Librarian, Booher Library, Seminary of the Southwest

The Rev. Dr. Donald E. Keeney passed on Saturday, February 4, 2017, after a long illness. He was blessed with a quick wit and the willingness to deliver an ever-ready pun at every occasion. The ATLA community held Donald in great esteem and affection. He was truly appreciated for his professional, yet kind and welcoming demeanor.

Former ATLA Director Cameron J. Campbell Passes

Cameron Joseph Campbell, former ATLA Director of Production, librarian, devout Buddhist, collector of East Asian art, former Jesuit Priest, dear friend, and colleague passed away peacefully at his home in Chicago’s Rogers Park on December 10, 2016.

Cameron joined the ATLA staff in 2000 as the Director of Indexes and became Director of Production in 2012 after the integration of the Index and Electronic Products and Services Departments. He retired in December 2013. During his tenure, he was instrumental in shepherding ATLA’s products safely through an era of rapid change when traditional reference sources for libraries were being transformed from print to electronic. Cameron led the assessment of ATLA’s production technology and set the stage for the development of a new production system, all while ensuring that ATLA continued to meet all of its commitments to provide high quality content for its products.

In Memoriam: Lorraine Olley Eustis

Submitted by Melody Layton McMahon, Director of the Library, Catholic Theological Union

Dr. Lorraine Olley Eustis, the director of the Feehan Memorial Library and McEssy Theological Resource Center at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, died November 19 after battling pancreatic cancer. Lorraine had been in good health until spring of 2015 when she, on a whim, signed up for a study pertaining to women’s health. After the battery of tests associated with entry to the study, it was found that she had cancer.

Lorraine had a BA Philosophy from Rosary College; MA Divinity and MA Library Science from the University of Chicago; and an Advanced Certificate in Preservation Administration from the School of Library Service, Columbia University. In 2015 she was awarded an honorary DLitt by the University of Saint Mary of the Lake for her commitment to students’ scholarship at USML.

In Memoriam: Neil Gerdes

Submitted by Christine Wenderoth, Director of the JKM Library

Neil Wayne Gerdes, librarian and professor at Meadville Lombard Theological School from 1973 to 2013, and at Chicago Theological School from 1980 to 2013, passed away after a brief illness at the age of 73 on November 6, 2016. Neil was a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard Divinity School, and Columbia University. In addition, he received his library degree from the University of Chicago and a DMin degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake. He was an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, an active member of the First Unitarian Church of Chicago for 30 years, and in more recent years, a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic parish as well. To honor his stewardship of UU rare books, Meadville Lombard’s named the collection the Neil Wayne Gerdes Rare Book Collection upon his retirement in 2013.