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Memorial Resolution Honoring Gordon M. Conable

Whereas, Gordon M. Conable was known throughout his career as a fearless and devoted champion of intellectual freedom in libraries, defending the freedom to read for all persons, regardless of age, views, or economic situation; and

Whereas, Gordon wrote and spoke eloquently to promote the rights of all library users in legal, legislative, professional and public fora; and

Whereas, Gordon provided unfailing support and assistance to colleagues facing challenges to the freedom to read in their communities; and

Whereas, Gordon served ALA as a councilor, member and chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, and president of the Freedom to Read Foundation; and

Whereas, in recognition of his dedication and expertise, Gordon was awarded the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award, the Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award, and the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, now, Therefore, be it

Resolved, That the American Library Association recognizes and thanks Gordon M. Conable for his gifts to the profession as a friend, a mentor, and a tireless fighter for intellectual freedom; and be it further

Resolved, that this Association expresses its sincere sympathy to the Conable family, including his wife, Irene, and his son, Edward, of Riverside, California.


Adopted by the Council of the American Library Association
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
In Boston, Massachusetts


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