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Lucille C. Thomas2007 recipient - Past President, Brooklyn Public Library
Judith F. Krug1995 recipient (deceased) - FTRF Executive Director from 1969 founding to 2009

Gordon M. Conable

Last updated: 8/29/2013
Gordon M. Conable
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  Gordon was the recipient of the 1996 Roll of Honor Award.

It's hard to overstate the importance of Gordon's tenure with the Freedom to Read Foundation as a member, a trustee, and an advocate. Following his death in 2005, FTRF created a fund in his name; donations to the fund are used to bring library school students and new professionals to attend ALA's Annual Conference. Visit for more information.

While in Monroe County, Michigan, Gordon found himself in the center of a controversy when community members wanted Madonna's book "Sex" removed from the shelves. Gordon successfully defended the community's ability to access the book from the library.

THANK YOU, Gordon Conable, for championing the cause of intellectual
freedom, a hallmark of your distinguished career in librarianship.

Thank you for your generous financial contributions and many years of
dedicated service to the Freedom to Read Foundation, including serving as
Treasurer, Vice-President, and three terms as President.

Thank you for consistently raising the visibility of the Foundation and
proclaiming its message not only within the library profession, but throughout
the country.

Thank you for your steadfast devotion to the freedom to read for all persons,
regardless of age, economic condition, or philosophical beliefs.

Thank you for your unfailing support and assistance to colleagues facing
challenges to the freedom to read in their communities.

Thank you, Gordon Conable, for your exemplary service to the cause of
intellectual freedom.

June Pinnell-Stephens, President
Judith F. Krug, Executive Director
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