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Friends of the UI Libraries announce members of 1998-99 Advisory Board

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries are pleased to announce that Jane McCune, president and co-owner of Blank and McCune Real Estate Company in Iowa City has agreed to serve as chair of the 1998-99 Advisory Board. An active member of the Iowa City community, McCune is president of the Hancher Guild and serves on several volunteer boards including; the United Way of Johnson County, the Iowa City Area Association of Realtors, the Iowa City Noon Rotary and the Willowwind School Foundation.

New board members for 1998-99 include Max Allan Collins (Muscatine), James O. Freedman (Hanover, New Hampshire), Miriam Gilbert (Iowa City), Jean Lloyd-Jones (Iowa City), Marvin A. Pomerantz (Des Moines) and Louise Rosenfield Noun (Des Moines).

Collins, a mystery and comic strip writer, filmmaker, screenwriter and musician, has a broad range of projects to his credit. He is known for his traditional hard-boiled mysteries, including the Nate Heller and Eliot Ness historical novels. His interest in the comic book medium as a potent form of storytelling is reflected both in independent projects, such as the Ms. Tree serials, and in his writing of the Dick Tracy comic strip (1977-1993). Other related projects include three Dick Tracy novels, the Quarry and Nolan detective series, and critical studies of influential mystery writers Mickey Spillane and Jim Thompson.

His associations with the film industry include screenplays and movie novels. Collins wrote, directed and produced Mommy and Mommy 2: Mommy's Day, both campy suspense thrillers starring the adult Patty McCormick who gained celebrity as the Academy Award nominated child actress in The Bad Seed. Collins is a graduate of the UI Writers Workshop and has twice been the recipient of the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America.

Freedman has been the president of Dartmouth College since 1987 and was president of the UI from 1982- 1987. He plans to retire as president at Dartmouth in June and return to his full-time work as a scholar and teacher. A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale Law School, he served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall. He joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and served as university ombudsman and associate provost before becoming dean of the law school in 1979.

Freedman is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Antiquarian Society, the Jacob Javits Fellows Program Fellowship Board, the board of directors of the Houghton Mifflin Company, the board of trustees of the Jewish Publication Society of America, and the board of directors of the Salzburg Seminar. In 1991 Freeman received the William O. Douglas First Amendment Freedom Award from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith.

Gilbert is a distinguished professor of English at the UI. She received her bachelor's from Brandeis University (1965) and master's and doctorate from Indiana University (1967 and 1969). A native of Florence, Ala., she joined the UI faculty in 1969 as an assistant professor of English. She has published extensively in the area of modern and contemporary drama. The majority of her work has focused on Shakespearean plays. She has served as the dramaturgical consultant on numerous productions and has written a number of reviews throughout her tenure. Gilbert has been awarded numerous accolades in the form of fellowships, grants, and teaching awards and has served as a professional resource for academicians and thespians regarding her work with students and teachers. She is also an active member of the Shakespeare Association of America.

Lloyd-Jones is a legislator, feminist, peace activist and UI alumna. She received a master's degree in history from the UI in 1971. Lloyd-Jones has been active in local and national civic and political organizations for a number of years. She has served as president for the Iowa City United Nations, president of the Iowa City League of Women Voters, and president of the Iowa League of Women Voters. She also was appointed to the state planning committee of Iowa 2000, served as a delegate to the National Women's Conference in Houston, and was appointed to the Governor's Task Force on Government Ethics. Lloyd-Jones has also worked as the Democratic party precinct committee person and was on the staffs of various political campaigns. She served as a state representative from 1978-1989 and as a state senator from 1989-1994.

Pomerantz is chairman and chief executive officer of Gaylord Container Corp. and chairman and CEO of Mid-America Group. He founded Great Plains Bag Corp. and has served in executive positions with Continental Can Co., Forest Products Brown Systems Operation, and Diversified Group of International Harvester. He is a trustee or director on numerous boards, including Norwest Bank, Stoner Broadcasting Systems, Berkley Co., and the Greater Des Moines Committee. Pomerantz has served on many boards and committees, including the Governor's Economic Advisory Council, White House Conference on Balanced National Growth and Economic Development, and National Conference of Christians and Jews. He received the B.Sc. from the UI in 1952 and has contributed to the university in numerous capacities, including service on the UI Foundation Board of Directors; chairman, Iowa Endowment 2000 Campaign; and the College of Business Administration Board of Visitors.

Noun is an author, historian, social activist, and philanthropist. She has served as president of the Des Moines chapter of the League of Women Voters, the Iowa Civil Liberties Union, and the Des Moines chapter of the National Organization of Women. In 1989 Noun established the Chrysalis Foundation to financially assist women in Iowa. In recognition of her leadership and commitment to organizations and causes that impact the lives of women, Noun was elected to the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1981. In 1992 Noun and the late Mary Louise Smith founded the Iowa Women's Archives located at the UI Libraries and named in their honor. The mission of the

Louise Noun-Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women's Archives is to collect, preserve, and make available primary source material on the women of Iowa. The establishment of the IWA was made possible through a gift of $1.5 million from Noun to establish a permanent endowment for operating costs for this important state-wide resource.

The continuing Board Members are: William (Bill) H. Burger, senior vice president and senior vice trust officer, First National Bank, Iowa City; Willis M. (Bill) Bywater, president, Bankers Advertising Co. and Economy Advertising Co., Iowa City; Kathleen (Kay) Chapman, attorney and alumna, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Sheila D. Creth, ex officio board member and university librarian at the UI Libraries; Jeffrey Disterhoft, vice president of finance, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Iowa City ; Lois H. Eichacker, alumna, Fort Madison; W. Bruce Johnson, professor, UI College of Business Administration; Lucia Riddle, vice president of the government relations department, Principal Financial Group, Des Moines; Brian D. Strayer, alumnus, engineering manager, Seagate Technology, Minneapolis; W. Richard (Dick) Summerwill, president, Iowa State Bank and Trust, Iowa City; and Rhoda Vernon, volunteer, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.

The Friends of the University Libraries are individuals who provide annual support through private contributions. Their gifts enable librarians to strengthen services and collections and offer special programs that would not otherwise be possible. The Friends Advisory Board provides leadership for the Libraries' fund-raising efforts. The Advisory Board is composed of UI alumni, business leaders, UI staff and faculty, and other supporters of the UI Libraries locally and nationally.