Peter Graham

More sad news today:

Peter Graham, University Librarian at Syracuse University, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2004,after a long struggle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was 65 years old and is survived by his wife and two children. More information about Peter and his career can be found here

Peter had been at Syracuse for six years and at Rutgers for 11 years before that. It was probably during his Rutgers years that I became aware of him, probably by attending some ALA meeting like the Directors of Technical Services (what Peter was at the time) in Large Research Libraries Discussion Group. But I never had a chance to have an extended conversation with him until he invited me to interview for the position of Associate University Librarian for Technical Services at Syracuse.

I didn't get the job but I had a wonderful time talking to Peter, who was straightforward, down-to-earth, kind, and intellectually curious. I had dinner with him the first night of my visit to Syracuse, then he very kindly took me for a drive around Syracuse's historic downtown district, pointing out landmarks such as the truly fabulous Art Deco Niagra Mohawk building, headquarters for the electric utility of the same name. Learning that we had a common interest (and pleasure) in architectural history was one of many pleasant surprises during a pleasant but occasionally grueling interview process. (And, no, I didn't get the job, and I think that's probably just as well. Much as I enjoyed Syracuse and the people I met there I think Wayne State and Detroit are a better overall fit for me!)

My condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues at Syracuse and elsewhere around the country.


August 12, 2004

Ann Arbor, MI

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