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Memoir

Edmon Lowe
Regents' Proceedings 1521

Edmon Lowe, an alumnus and a summer visitor of many years who joined the permanent faculty of the School of Library Science in 1967, has now attained the statutory retirement age of seventy.

A native Oklahoman, Professor Low was graduated from East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma, in 1926, and at once joined the library staff there. He acquired his professional credentials at the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in library science in 1930 and 1938, respectively. Serving for the next two years as Librarian of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, he then assumed charge of the library of Oklahoma State University, where he remained for twenty-seven years. Every summer from 1939 to 1946 and again from 1950 to 1966, he returned to The University of Michigan to teach in the summer session. In 1967 he accepted a permanent appointment here as Professor of Library Science.

Before coming here permanently, Professor Low had been president of the Oklahoma and the Southwestern library associations and chairman of the Oklahoma State Council on Libraries. He had held, in addition, important offices in the American Library Association, had presided over the Association of College and Research Libraries, and had advised the United States Congress on library affairs. At this University, he supplied advanced instruction, for which his rich experience superbly qualified him, in fields such as university-library administration and library buildings. He continued also to carry out influential national duties, to the honor and benefit of the Library Science School.

It was fortunate for that School that a man of Professor Lowe's experience and stature was available to help smooth its way into full autonomy. It was pleasant that he was also an old friend as humane and unassuming as he was knowledgeable.

His colleagues trust that as Professor Emeritus of Library Science, a title, which in this memoir the Regents gratefully confer, he will still lend his wisdom and counsel to the University and to his national profession.