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In Memory of Helen Taliaferro, Alumna and Supporter of TWU SLIS

Helen Naomi Taliaferro, age 92, died in Coppell, Texas, on February 23, 2014. Born in Idaho on January 26, 1922, and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas, by adoptive parents, Helen attended Texas Woman’s University (then called Texas State College for Women) where she graduated in 1942 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Library Science. She was married to Lt Col Lloyd A. “Tony” Taliaferro, USAF, who predeceased her. From 1982 to 1994, Helen was Chief of the Reader Services Division at the Air University Library at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama, one of the country’s largest military libraries. Prior to that, she served as Command Librarian for the USAF Military Airlift Command. During her 12 years of service at the Air University Library, Helen distinguished herself by a commitment to university library service that exceeded all expectations.

She was respected as a colleague and loved as a friend. Helen retired in February 1994, but by then she had embarked on a new career as a fiscal supporter of advanced library education for students at her alma mater. By 1996 she had donated over $12,000 for scholarships, and in 2008 the school announced that her estate had established the Helen Naomi Taliaferro Library Science Scholarship Endowment Fund within the TWU Foundation.

Helen is survived by a legion of friends and colleagues in Montgomery, Alabama, and throughout the United States. In lieu of other memorials please send donations in Ms. Taliaferro’s name to the TWU Foundation.

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