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Remembering Judith, Part 4: Eva Poole, Mary Minow, Mary Curtis

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Friday, April 11, 2014
Five years ago today, Judith Krug passed away. To honor her memory, we are posting a series of remembrances on the Freedom to Read Foundation blog throughout the day. If you would like to add a memory, please feel free to email or post a note in the comments.

Here are the other parts in the series:
Part 1: Barbara Jones
Part 2: Judith Platt
Part 3: Chris Finan
Part 5: 2009 Memorials

Here are some additional remembrances we've received:

Eva Poole, Director, Virginia Beach Public Library, FTRF Trustee: I had just become director of the Denton (TX) Public Library in May, 1993 and was attending my first annual conference of the American Library Association the following month.  I arrived at the conference city airport, retrieved my luggage and while waiting in line for a taxi to my hotel, the lady behind me asked if I wanted to share the next cab with her.  I agreed to do so and while on the way to the hotel, we talked. The woman must have sensed my dismay about being away from three-year old daughter for several days.  The woman explained that she too had a daughter and that in spite of her constant travel, her daughter had grown up to be a very independent and confident young woman.  This person, whom I had just met, talked to me like my mother and really calmed my fears about “not being there” for my daughter.  She explained to me how my being a good role model for my daughter was even more important.  When we arrived at the hotel, she paid the cab fare and when she opened the cab door, I said, “Wait, I didn’t get your name”.  The woman turned to me and said, “My name is Judith Krug”.

Mary Minow,, FTRF Trustee: I remember Judith's handwritten thank you notes. Whenever I found something useful, I’d pass it along to her and it meant a lot to me, especially when I was on the newer side, to get a beautiful handwritten note of appreciation directly from Judith. It made me feel special and inspired me to work harder.

Mary E. Curtis, President, Transaction Publishers: I first met Judith Krug in the 1980s, when I became a member of the Association of American Publishers’ Freedom to Read Committee. At the time, the ALA parallel organization was called the Office for Intellectual Freedom. (I always thought the names should have been reversed, and told Judy that…) What a dynamo she was, and what a positive force! Erwin Glikes of Basic Books was the chairman of the committee, and he and Judy worked together so well. The basic issues were much as they are now; someone always wants to suppress ideas they don’t like. What’s new and different is the opportunities to do mischief with technology. I often wish Judy was with us, if only to hear her cutting through to the core concerns, as she always did. She made such a difference.

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