Elizabeth Bowes Myers, 74, librarian and researcher

January 03, 2000|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

Elizabeth Bowes Myers, a Library of Congress librarian for more than 30 years, died Saturday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 74 and lived in Rockdale.

A Baltimore native, the former Elizabeth Anne Bowes graduated from Catholic High School in 1943. She earned a bachelor's degree in modern languages, with a concentration in French, from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1947 and joined the Library of Congress as a researcher.

As part of her duties, she helped libraries around the country sort books before computers were in use. She would find catalog numbers of books written in French for local and university libraries.

"Anyone who wanted information for their card catalog would call us and we would find the book's number," said Eleanor R. DuLaney of Temple Hills, a friend and Library of Congress co-worker. "I think computers can do everything now."

In 1976, Ms. Myers earned a merit award for her work at the shared catalogs division of the Library of Congress. She retired in 1982 and joined Northwest Hospital Center as a library medical researcher, retiring again in April for health reasons.

In 1951, she married Norman T. Myers. The marriage ended in divorce.

She was a member of Merrymount Neighborhood Association and an avid theatergoer, especially at Baltimore's Mechanic Theatre.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 9531 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

She is survived by a son, William N. Myers of Ellicott City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Family Conference of St. Vincent de Paul, 9531 Liberty Road, Randallstown 21133; or Catholic High School, 2800 Edison Highway, Baltimore 21213.

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