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Mary A. Gillham

by Jeanne Baron

April 9, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Mary A Gilham.
Mary A. Gillham
Mary A. Gillham, a former Western Michigan University faculty member, died April 22 in Henry, Ill. She was 95.

Gillham came to WMU in 1965 and retired as assistant professor emerita of librarianship in 1978 after 13 years of service to the University. She taught courses for the librarianship program and also served for a time as the program's undergraduate counseling coordinator. She also directed high school workshops in librarianship for three summers at WMU.

Prior to joining the faculty, Gillham was the librarian for the Proviso (Ill.) high schools from 1951 to 1965 and periodically taught summer school at the universities of Illinois, Kentucky and Oregon. She was assistant librarian at Monmouth College from 1948 to 1951 after having begun her education career in 1939 as a secondary school teacher.

Gillham earned a bachelor's degree from Monmouth and a master's degree from Illinois. She was secretary of the Illinois Association of School Librarians in 1963-64 and a member of the American and Michigan Library associations, Michigan Association of Media in Education and Beta Phi Mu international library honor society.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the First Presbyterian Church, Princeton, Ill. Memorial donations may be made to the Princeton Public Library and Princeton's First Presbyterian Church.