Former LAMA President Joseph Kimbrough Dies

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For Immediate Release

October 9, 2007

Former LAMA President Joseph Kimbrough Dies

Published in the Star Tribune on 8/17/2007

CHICAGO - Joseph Kimbrough, 1973-74 president of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), passed away on August 15, 2007. He was 77 years old.

Kimbrough was born in Bowling Green, Ky., April 21, 1930, and was graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1952. Following a two-year stint in the U.S. Army which included service with the First Cavalry Division in occupied Japan, he returned to the U.S. and received a Master's Degree in Library Science at Indiana University in 1954. After jobs with the Grosse Pointe (Mich.) Public Library and the Sturgis (Mich.) Public Library (Mich.), he was appointed Assistant Director of the Lansing (Mich.) Public Library in 1960, and Director of the library in 1965. In 1970, he was named Assistant Director for Public Services at the Denver (Colo.) Public Library. He served as LAMA President during the 1973-74 year and was named Director of the Minneapolis Public Library in 1975. He retired from this position in 1989.

Kimbrough was preceded in death by parents, W.J. and Mary (Sexton) Kimbrough and is survived by sons, Charles M. (Lynda Van Norman) of Vail, Colo., and Howard D. (Karen) Kimbrough of Colleyville, Texas; a brother, James E. (Margaret) Kimbrough, their three children, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild. He is also survived by special friends, Solvieg K. Daffinrud and Dr. Sonja D. Williams of Edina, Minn. Funeral services were held at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis on Aug. 18. Private interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Bowling Green, Ky.

Memorials preferred to N.C. Little Hospice, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, or Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library.

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