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Feb. 23, 2006

Memorial Service Scheduled For Friday To Honor Librarian Sayre

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at the University of Iowa’s Levitt Center for University Advancement, 1 West Park Road, to celebrate the life of Jean Sayre, associate university librarian and director of the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Sayre died Jan. 28 after a lengthy illness. She was 54.

Sayre’s family will greet friends beginning at 2 p.m. The Rev. Judy Gingerich will officiate the memorial service and a reception will follow.

Arrangements are with Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service.

Sayre began her duties at Hardin in January 2002 after serving in administrative positions in health science libraries around the country, most recently as associate director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region. 

During her tenure at Hardin, and as an adjunct faculty member of the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing, she reorganized the staff, administered a high-profile grant that resulted in the creation of the Iowa Public Health Information web site, spearheaded a major remodeling project, and raised the profile of the library throughout the health campus.  All of these efforts have strengthened the library's role as the primary health information resource in Iowa and as a nationally recognized leader in innovation and service.

Sayre was a respected and revered colleague who took a special interest in acting as a mentor to new librarians. She held numerous offices within the Medical Library Association and was recently honored with an "Improving Our Workplace" award from the university as well as a special citation from Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack honoring her "work for the state of Iowa." 

UI Libraries staff members will remember her as a good friend who drew out the best in those she worked with and whose pleasant demeanor created an atmosphere of cooperation and enthusiasm.

In lieu of flowers, the Jean Sayre Memorial Fund has been established c/o The UI Foundation, Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550.

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