About Donna

About Donna B Harlan

The following is an abbreviated, corrected version of an obituary published in the
South Bend Tribune, Sunday, December 29, 1996, page D8:

Donna B. Harlan, age 70, of South Bend died unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at 12:42pm in Fort Hamilton - Hughes Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio, while visiting for the holidays.

Born Dec. 19, 1926, in Columbus, Ohio, to Beryl Ayers and John Ralph Belat, Donna graduated from Charleston (W.Va.) High School, Stephens College (Columbia, Mo.) with an Associate of Arts in Aviation, Morris Harvey College (Charleston, W.Va.) with an AB in Political Science, and Columbia University (New York, N.Y.) with a Master of Science in Library Service.

On April 28, 1961, in Charleston, W.Va., she married Harold O. Harlan of Springfield, Mo. They met while both were employed by the West Virginia Library Commission. He preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 1961.  They had two children, Harold O. Harlan, Jr., born June 21, 1954 in Oak Park, Ill., who preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 1957, and John B. Harlan, born Dec. 1, 1957, in Midland, Mich., who survives.

She retired in 1990 as associate librarian emerita at Indiana University South Bend after 24 years of service to IUSB, including 11 years as head librarian from 1966 to 1977.  During two sabbatical leaves from IUSB, she also served the American Library Association (ALA) as deputy executive director of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in 1982-83 and as interim executive secretary of the Resources and Technical Services Division (RTSD) in 1978.

Prior to joining Indiana University, she served the University of Pittsburgh libraries, the West Virginia Library Commission, the State Library of Michigan. the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Racine (Wis.) Public Library, and the U.S. Army Map Service.

She was active in a wide range of civic, professional and religious organizations, including the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the American Library Association (ALA), Church Women United, First United Methodist Church, the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and United Methodist Women (UMW).

From 1975 to 1977, she served the City of South Bend as a member of the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, including serving as commission president from 1976 to 1977. She was also a founding member of the planning commission and first executive committee of the State of Indiana Area 2 Library Services Authority (ALSA2), north central Indiana's multi-type library cooperative.

In retirement, she traveled and volunteered extensively.

She is survived by [...]

Memorial services will be held Wed., Jan. 15, 1997, at 1pm at Welsheimer's Funeral Home, 521 N. William St., in South Bend.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Bend Audubon Society or the Donna B. Harlan Scholarship Fund [...]

Donna B Harlan Scholarship at IUSB

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