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New endowment named at University of Iowa Libraries
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Arthur Benton, professor emeritus in neurology in
the UI College of Medicine, has created two endowments to support visiting
lecturers and professional development at the UI Libraries.
The Arthur Benton Excellence in Reference Services Professional Development
Award will be given biennially to a professional staff member at the UI
Libraries who has demonstrated outstanding commitment in providing reference
service. The award will support the recipient's professional development
activities related to the advancement of reference services that include
conferences, workshops or research projects and publications.
The Ada M. Stoflet Lectureship was created in memory of Ada M. Stoflet,
a dedicated member of the UI Libraries staff for three decades and head
of the Main Library Research Department. The lecture will take place every
other year and focus on a topic of interest to the staff of the Libraries.
A longtime supporter of the UI Libraries, Benton was a professor in
the Department of Neurology. He is an internationally renowned neuropsychologist
whose career has spanned more than 60 years. He was given the Gold Medal
Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology by the American
Psychological Foundation in 1992.
His wife, the late Rita Benton, was a musicologist and served as the
music librarian at the UI Libraries from 1957 to 1980. The Rita Benton
Music Library honors her memory.