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Call Number Fall 2008
Emeritus Professor Katherine Cveljo, member of the
'. . faculty from 1977 until her retirement in 1988, died in
Kenin, Croatia on June 21, 2008. During her tenure at
UNT, she taught courses in the areas of information
resources and services, including the humanities, social
sciences, and sciences; business, medical, and special librarianship; library networks
and cooperative systems; and international and comparative librarianship. She also
conducted research and published extensively in these areas.
Dr. Cveljo received her undergraduate education at the University of Zagreb
and her graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University where she earned her
professional master's and doctor's degrees and also a second master's degree in Slavic
languages and literature. Active in state, national, and international library affairs,
she maintained memberships in a number of professional associations. She was
fluent in Serbian, Croatian, Russian, German, Italian, and French and traveled
extensively worldwide in pursuing her interest in research and professional
librarianship. During retirement years, she served as visiting professor at the
University of Missouri, was a Fulbright Scholar in Slovenia, and received IREX
grants in Slovenia and Croatia for three consecutive years.
After retiring from LIS, Dr. Cveljo moved to Cleveland, Ohio to be near
members of her family. In 2003, she moved to Croatia where she grew up and had
other relatives. She was interned June 23, 2008, in the family crypt in the
Dalmatian city of Knin. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul Croatian
Church in Cleveland on January 2, 2009. Dr. Cveljo is remembered at UNT as an
excellent teacher who took a deep personal interest in her students and their careers
HAZEL HARVEY PEACE
Hazel Harvey Peace, for whom a LIS professorship is I
named, died on June 8, 2008 just short of her 101 birthday.
At a luncheon on campus in August 2007 celebrating Mrs.
Peace's 100th birthday, attended by some 100 guests, faculty,
staff, and university officials, Dr. Barbara Stein Martin was
announced as the first Hazel Harvey Peace Professor of
Children's Library Services. The $350,000 for the endowed professorship, the first in
a state supported Texas university named for an African American woman, was raised
through donations made by the honoree's former students, friends, and many
Mrs. Peace was the consummate educator who never stopped teaching and one
who gave of herself to the community. For 46 years she served as teacher, counselor,
debate coach, dean and vice principal at the historic I.M. Terrell High School, for
many years the only black high school in Fort Worth. After retiring, she spent
another decade as director of student affairs and coordinator of financial aid at Bishop
College in Dallas. Through the years and long after retirement, she served on various
boards, commissions, church councils, and community organizations. Even in fairly
recent times, she was often seen reading to children at the Fort Worth Public Library
youth center, named in her honor.
As stated in a June 10 Fort Worth Star Telegram article, "Even if you didn't know
Hazel Harvey Peace personally, you have been touched by her influence...." Fort
Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief said of her, "She was, without a doubt, one of the most
influential women in our city's history." One of her former students termed her, "our
Sojourner Truth, our matriarch, our mentor, and our inspiration."
Mrs. Peace, who graduated from Fort Worth Colored High School (later named
I.M. Terrell High School) at age 13, earned a bachelor's degree from Howard
University in Washington, D.C. before returning to teach at her alma mater at age 16.
She later earned a master's degree from Columbia University and did postgraduate
study at the University of Wisconsin, Vassar College, and Hampton University.
Hundreds of Mrs. Peace's former students, friends, and Fort Worth dignitaries
attended various services held following her death, including Dean Herman L.
Totten and a delegation from UNT who attended the funeral on June 13. Fort Worth
Schools Superintendent Melody Johnson announced that she will recommend that
the next new school in Fort Worth be named in honor of Mrs. Peace.
A TIME FOR CELEBRATION
LIS TURNS 70
LIS is celebrating its 70 year anniversary with special
programs and festive occasions to take place throughout the
year. Education for librarianship actually began at the
University of North Texas in 1925 when Pearl McCracken,
the library director, offered three courses that focused on the
practical use of books and libraries and on library
organization, methods, and administration. Theses courses
were among the first library science classes offered by any
Texas college. The true beginning of LIS, however, dates
from 1939 when the Department of Library Service was
established in the College of Arts and Sciences and degree
programs at the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate levels
were first offered.
In celebration, there will be symposia and other
activities throughout the year, but one will be special, the
Alumni Society dinner held during the Texas Library
Association annual conference. The UNT-TLA dinners are
known far and wide for being fun filled affairs unlike any
other library school gatherings. Since this is a special year,
elaborate plans are being made to mark this special occasion
that will take place in Houston in April 2009. There will be
some serious moments, but most of the evening's events will
be raucous entertainment. YOU WILL NOT WANT TO
MISS IT. A 70th Anniversary Committee has been meeting
since July 2008 to plan the program and other activities.
Even the committee meetings are fun gatherings, which may
be an indication of what the finished product will be like.
Platinum and Rising Stars Awards
In addition to planning fun activities, the 70th
Anniversary Committee will recognize state and national
leaders in seven categories in the library and information
professions who are graduates of the UNT/LIS program.
These awards will pay tribute to outstanding members of the
alumni body for exemplary accomplishments in their
professional lives, service to the community, state or nation,
and loyalty and commitment to LIS. Alumni have been sent
nomination forms with additional information about the
REMINDER: The deadline is December 10 and
nominations should be sent to UNT LIS, Attn: Jurhee
Curtis, External Affairs, 1155 Union Circle 311068, Denton
TX 76203-5017. Should you need information, please
contact Jurhee at Jurhee.Curtis@unt.edu or by phone at
The 70th Anniversary Celebration Committee
Left to right: Cindy Batman, Kathy Huber, Clarice Luce, Yvonne
Chandler, Debby Jennings, Dean Herman Totten, Melody Kelly, Jurhee
Curtis, Ana Cleveland, Jodi Philbrick, and Paula King, Margaret Nichols,
center, serving as chair.
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