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Madeleine Stern

Published December 5, 2013

A memorial service was held today for Madeleine Stern, associate librarian emeritus in Lockwood Library, who died Nov. 30 in her home in Amherst. She was 89.

A native of Budapest, Hungary, Stern received a master’s degree in French literature from Columbia University and a master’s in library science from Geneseo State College.

She began her association with UB in 1957 as an instructor in French. Between 1963 and 1973, she held a variety of positions in the cataloging and acquisitions departments in the UB Libraries, including head of the serials division in the cataloging department and assistant head of the acquisitions department.

Stern served as planner of the Undergraduate Library from in 1972-73, and from 1974 until her retirement in 1986 she directed collection development activities for Lockwood while also serving as acting head of Lockwood from 1975-78.

As acting head of Lockwood, she oversaw the relocation of the library’s 1 million volumes and staff from the South Campus to the North Campus.

After her retirement, her husband, the late Robert Stern, established the Madeleine Stern Fund for the Lockwood Humanities Collection in her honor.

She was a member of the American Library Association, the State University of New York Library Association and the Association of Libraries at UB.