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