The genealogical community lost a dear friend and
supporter on Saturday December
10th, 2005 when Carole Crawford Callard, age 64
died. Our first loss came in June when Carole retired from the Library of
Michigan. Carole’s love of genealogy and passion was contagious.
Born in West Virginia, Carole started her
library career in Ann Arbor in the early ‘70s.
After working at the Ann Arbor Public Library and in the documents department
at the University of Michigan, Carole began working
at the Library of Michigan in 1984. She took an early retirement from her
position as the genealogy and documents supervisor in 1995 and went on to work
as a Federal Depository Library inspector and as a reference librarian at the
Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. The Abrams
Foundation helped lure Carole back to the Library of Michigan by funding the
genealogy specialist position in 1997.
Carole traveled extensively on behalf of the Library of Michigan and the Abrams
Foundation Historical Collection, lecturing at local, state and national
genealogical conferences. In 2004 she made more than 50 presentations, educating
researchers on the treasures located within the Library of Michigan. In 2003
Carole was awarded the prestigious William Filby
Award, given annually by the National Genealogical Society to a librarian who
best represents excellence in genealogical service. Most recently, WayneStateUniversity presented her with a
Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the Michigan library community
during her career and for her work in developing a class for future librarians
focusing on genealogical research.
When profiled in the Michigan Genealogist news in the Summer
of 2005, Randy Riley, special collections manager stated, "The beauty of
Carole is that she is a real person." "It doesn’t matter how many
awards she has won or how experienced you are at doing research. Carole wants
to help everyone."
Carole’s years of dedicated service have played a large role in developing the
Library of Michigan as one of the leading genealogy collections in the country.
She will definitely be missed.
Carole's obituary, published in the Lansing State Journal, December 11, is
Callard, Carole Crawford
Lansing, MI Age 64, died December 10, 2005; born August 8, 1941 in Charleston, WV. Carole was a
well-known and respected Librarian and Genealogist for many years, before
retiring in June from the Library of Michigan. She is survived by her
daughters, Susan (Martin) Philp of Tecumseh and Anne Cottongim of Northville and sister, Rosemary (William) Marquart of Hilton Head, SC. Memorial services will be
celebrated Wednesday, December
14, 2005, at , at St. Mary's
Cathedral, 219 Seymour, Lansing, with the Rev. George C. Michalek
officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at
the church, as well as on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Gorsline-Runciman
Funeral Home, 900 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing. Scripture Services will be held
Tuesday at Those desiring may
make contributions to the Carole Callard Endowment
Fund, c/o Library of Michigan Foundation.