on December 2, 2013 - 5:47 PM
, updated December 2, 2013 at 6:15 PM
April 22, 1924 – Nov. 30, 2013
A burial service for Madeleine Stern, associate librarian emeritus of the University at Buffalo Lockwood Library, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Forest Lawn, followed by a memorial gathering at 3 p.m. in the Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.
Mrs. Stern died Saturday at her home in Amherst. She was 89.
A native of Budapest, Hungary, Mrs. Stern graduated with a master’s degree in French literature from Columbia University and a master’s in library science from SUNY Geneseo State.
She worked as associate librarian at UB’s Lockwood Library and retired in 1986 as assistant director of collection development.
She began her association with the university in 1957 as an instructor in French. Between 1963 and 1973, she held a variety of positions in the cataloging and acquisitions departments in the UB libraries, including head of the serials division in the cataloging department and assistant head of the acquisitions department.
In 1972-73, Mrs. Stern served as planner of the Undergraduate Library. From 1974 until her retirement, she directed collection development activities for Lockwood while also serving as acting head of Lockwood from 1975-1978.
As acting head of Lockwood, she oversaw the relocation of the library’s 1 million volumes and staff from the South Campus to the North Campus.
After Mrs. Stern’s retirement, her husband, the late Robert Stern, established the Madeleine Stern Fund for the Lockwood Humanities Collection in her honor.
Mrs. Stern was a member of the American Library Association, the State University of New York Library Association, and the Association of Libraries at UB.
She also served on the Camp Weona board of directors.
Survivors include three sons, Harvey, David and Thomas; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother, George Ivers.