This article is from the archives of the UB Reporter.


Published: March 24, 2005

Ernest Woodson, retired map librarian

Ernest Lyle Woodson, a UB librarian for nearly 30 years, died on March 4 in Cabrini Medical Center, New York City, after a brief illness. He was 67.

Born in Fairplay, Colo., he grew up in Saguache, Colo., and Kansas City, Mo. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in geography and a master's degree in library science, all from the University of Missouri.

His lifelong love of geography led him around the world. Working for Offshore Oil, he was stationed in Alaska, Senegal, Gabon, Qatar and Singapore. He also served with the Peace Corps in Swaziland for two years.

A UB librarian since 1974, Woodson served as the university's geology and map librarian, working in the Science and Engineering Library. He retired and became an associate librarian emeritus in 2003.

Woodson enjoyed tennis and running. He ran with the Nickel City Road Runners and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Athletic Club, and had run the Boston and New York City marathons.

In his retirement, he traveled extensively and recently had been living in New York City.

The Ernest Woodson Book Fund has been created at the UB Libraries in his memory. Donations may be made to UB Libraries-Woodson Book Fund, 433 Capen Hall, North Campus.