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New Study Room at W. W. Hagerty Library Dedicated to Lisabeth Holloway, ‘50

Holloway Ribbon Cutting ImageOn Friday, July 12, 2013 the Libraries unveiled a new study room, dedicated to the late Lisabeth Holloway, a Drexel library school graduate. Mrs. Holloway’s family and several friends were present, including her husband George, also from the class of 1950, and two sons, Jim and George.

The group study room, formerly room L15, was refreshed with paint and improved lighting, as well as a whiteboard writing surface for collaborative work and new furniture.

Lisabeth Holloway was the author and editor of several books on historical information on doctors in the United States before 1907 and she worked for many years as a medical history librarian in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatry and as a curator of historical materials at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. While at CPP, Lisabeth created a small guide to medical-historical holdings in Philadelphia which is still used today.

Mrs. Holloway served as the director of the center for the history of footcare and footwear at the Philadelphia College of Podiatric Medicine [PCPM], now a part of Temple University. She retired in 1992.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Holloway also volunteered as a librarian for the Germantown Historical Society and served as the editor of the Society’s publication, The Germantowne Crier. She was active in the Medical Library Association and served as the vice chairman [1968-1969] and chairman [1969-1970]. In 1976, she founded MLA’s Archivists and Librarians in the History of Health Sciences group and the group’s distinguished service award is named in her honor.

The Libraries thanks the Holloway family for their kind donation and is honored to have a room dedicated to a family that so actively participated and served the library community. Mr. Holloway was also a librarian and worked for the Free Library of Philadelphia for over 35 year

For more information about Group Study Rooms at the Libraries, please contact Kerry DiBlasio, director of development at 215-571-3803.

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