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ATLA Retiree Spotlight: Tony Amodeo

The ATLA Endowment Committee presented an update on the ATLA Retirees and Lifetime Members at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference. This Newsletter series will recap what they shared.

Tony Amodeo retired June 2, 2015, after 31 years at Loyola Marymount University.

Tony was first introduced to ATLA while he was working at the Newberry Library (76-82). He took a computer indexing workshop by Julie Hurd in Evanston, IL.

Here is a list of his many accomplishments in the profession:

Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger Announces Retirement

Longtime ATLA Member Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger is retiring from his position as Director of the Krauth Memorial Library at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia after 17 years of service.

He joined ATLA in 2001 and has since then served on the Public Services and Special Collections Interest Groups and the Lutheran Denominational Group. 

Joan Blocher Retires from the University of the South

Joan Blocher is retiring from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, effective June 30, completing almost ten years as Theology Reference Librarian.  Before moving to Sewanee, she was Assistant Librarian at Chicago Theological Seminary, 1972-2006.  Joan attended her first ATLA Annual conference in 1971.  She served on the Tellers Committee and has attended United Church of Christ, Anabaptist, and Anglican denominational groups.  Joan and her husband, Jim Dunkly (an ATLA romance!), will retire to Claremont, California, in July.

Sue Ebbers Retires from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Susan K. Ebbers is retiring from the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, effective August 2016.

Sue has served on the library staff for 30 years, including 21 years as Director of the Library and 2 years as Dean (2011-2013).

She received her BA in English Literature at Central College, MS in Counseling at Drake University, MA in Library and Information Services at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and MDiv at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

James Dunkly Retires from University of the South

James Dunkly is retiring from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, effective June 30.  Jim received a BA from Texas Christian University, and MA and PhD degrees from Vanderbilt University. He also earned a Diploma in Theology from Oxford University.   He has served as Librarian of the School of Theology, Associate University Librarian, and Lecturer in New Testament at Sewanee since 1993.  Earlier he occupied similar positions at Nashotah House (1975-83) and at Episcopal Divinity School (1983-92).

Jeff Brigham Retires from Andover Newton Theological School

Jeff Brigham is leaving his position as Co-Director and Technical Services Librarian at Andover Newton Theological School on March 18.

He shared, “… I’m privileged to have been associated with ATLA since my days at the Nyack College-Alliance Theological Seminary libraries, and to have been able to attend the annual conferences since Columbus in 1989. Indeed, I’ve counted it as my main source of professional development. Even more so, I will miss the camaraderie of my fellow librarians each June, and the ‘constant contact’ by e-mail and listserv during the year. I’ve enjoyed many dear friendships in the group.”

Dr. Patricia Lyons Retires from St. John’s Seminary

Dr. Patricia Lyons will be retiring from her post as Library Director of St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, CA, at the end of the term.

According to their website:

Dr. Lyons oversees the theological and religious studies collections of St. John’s Seminary. She holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history of religions from Princeton University and an M.S. degree in library science from Simmons College, Boston. Previously, she served as librarian at the Swedenborg School of Religion, Newton, Massachusetts; director of the Graduate Theology Library at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan; and director of the Library at Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio. Dr. Lyons has particular interest and experience in instructional technology, collection development, and the planning and design of library buildings.

Linda Umoh Announces Retirement

Linda Umoh is retiring on December 31, 2015 from her position as Head of Cataloging at Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology. She has been a cataloger at Bridwell Library for over 31 years. Linda was the secretary/treasurer of the ATLA Methodist Librarians Fellowship for more years than she cares to count. She is looking forward to taking on the role of new grandmother in early 2016. Please join us in congratulating Linda on her retirement.