Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cleo Powers, librarian emeritus, passes away

Longtime former librarian Cleo Powers passed away at home on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Cleo was a UWEC alumnus as well as a graduate of UW-Madison’s graduate program in Library Science. She retired as an associate professor in June 2003 with more than 31 years of service.  Cleo was responsible for the Center for Reserve and Instructional Media and the main circulation department at McIntyre Library. She also served in a variety of other positions over the years, including acting automation librarian, head of public services, periodicals public services librarian, and acting director of the library. Service to the University was a large part of Cleo’s life, as she served over two decades on the University Senate, including terms on the Executive Committee and in other leadership positions. Cleo also contributed her time, providing community service to several organizations:  the Community Table; serving on the parish council of the Newman Parish; committee chair for the Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library book sales, organizing and coordinating the book sales since 1999; and the American Association of University Women events.  Cleo’s passing is a tremendous loss to the Eau Claire community. Our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time. Obituary and information on funeral services.

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