Ed Strable Dies; Led SLA in 1972-1973

Ed Strable, a longtime information professional with the J. Walter Thompson Company in Chicago and president of SLA in 1972-1973, died 17 May at the age of 91.

His library career began even before he earned his library degree–he joined SLA in 1950 and started working in the Chicago Public Library in 1951, three years before earning his library degree from the University of Chicago. In 1955 he joined J. Walter Thompson as library director and administrative assistant to the director of research. He remained at the famed advertising agency until his retirement in 1985, by which time he had been named a vice president.

Ed served as president of the SLA Illinois Chapter in 1959-1960 and as a member of the SLA Board of Directors from 1961 to 1964. He became president-elect of SLA in 1971 and served as president in 1972-1973. He was particularly interested in continuing education for information professionals and made that the focus of his presidency.

Ed was inducted into the SLA Hall of Fame in 1986 in honor of his many contributions to the profession and the association.

For additional information about Ed and especially his SLA career, contact Roberta Piccoli at rapiccoli@yahoo.com.


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