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Monday, October 13, 2003

In remembrance for a fellow medical librarian

The Columbus Dispatch Obituaries:
Van BRIMMER Barbara Van Brimmer, age 55, of Columbus, died Thursday, October 9, 2003 after a short battle with cancer. Mrs. Van Brimmer was an Associate Professor and curator at the Medical Heritage Center, Prior Health Sciences Library, The Ohio State University. Barbara was a graduate of Miami University (OH) and received her Master's degree from the University of Mississippi. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Monday at SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL, 6699 N. High Street (1/2 mile South of I-270.) Memorial service 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at First Baptist Church, 101 N. Franklin St. Delaware, Ohio. Rev. Tim Chesser presiding. The family suggests contributions to the Barbara Van Brimmer Scholarship Fund to be established at the Prior Health Sciences Library.

Several other medical librarians who knew her wrote very warmly of her. She was described as 'hard-working, good-humoured, and imaginative'--I can think of no better praise, for those are traits essential to librarianship and to being a great human being as well. Although I didn't know her, I wanted to take a moment to note her death (and celebrate her life) and to pass on news of her death so that others might have the opportunity to express condolences or contribute to her scholarship fund. That's in process of being set up, but I'm sure you could contact the school or library for further details.

PS I left out the family details on purpose to respect their privacy, since after all, this is a completely public site. I do have an address for condolences, if any of you want me to pass it on to you, or I'm sure you could forward it in care of the medical library.

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