Remembering Lucretia McClure

RRLC is saddened to share the news that Lucretia McClure, former RRLC Trustee and talented medical librarian, passed away in October at the age of 94. Throughout her career, Mrs. McClure served in a wide variety of roles within the library community, including: officer and committee chair for the Medical Library Association; Director of the Edward G. Miner Library at the University of Rochester Medical Center; and special assistant to the director of the Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. After retiring, Lucretia continued her work by volunteering in the Valley Manor Senior Life Community library, which was subsequently named the Lucretia McClure Library.

Lucretia has been a part of RRLC since its beginning, whether as a member library director or as a trustee. She served as Advisory Committee Chair during her time as a library director at Miner Library, and then joined the RRLC Board of Trustees after retiring. Throughout the 20 years Lucretia served on the RRLC Board, she was both President and Secretary, and was a member of various Board Committees.
Lucretia will be sorely missed; her contributions to the profession will continue to benefit generations of library users and library staff. In Lucretia’s own words:

I think I would rather be remembered as a cataloger, a reference librarian, a serials librarian—any one of those things; as a person who liked the profession the way it was, liked the way it changed, liked the way it’s going to change, and wants it to be a continuing growth area and that there will still be people who are librarians.

For more information about Lucretia’s life and accomplishments, please visit:
MLA’s In Memoriam page
Lucretia McClure page from Episcopal Senior Life Communities
Lucretia McClure Oral History