Iris Precourt McGillivray, 80, children's librarian

May 16, 2002

Iris Precourt McGillivray, a former Anne Arundel County librarian, died Saturday from stroke complications at a retirement community in Devon, Pa., her home for three years. She was 80.

During the 1960s, Mrs. McGillivray was the head of children's services for the Annapolis branch of the Anne Arundel public library system.

Born and raised in Stevens Point, Wis., Iris Precourt attended the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, earning a bachelor's degree in 1943. She earned a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1969.

A resident of Baltimore's Mount Vernon Place until the 1970s, she had been a docent at Walters Art Gallery and was a member of the Engineering Society of Baltimore. She lived in Exton, Pa., from 1972 to 1982, then returned to the city neighborhood until 1999.

She maintained an interest in anthropology and archaeology and was a longtime member of the Archaeological Society of Maryland.

In 1947, she married Archie McGillivray, who died in 1986.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 25 at Berwyn United Methodist Church in Berwyn, Pa.

Mrs. McGillivray is survived by a son, Alan D. McGillivray of New Orleans; a daughter, Mary M. Mayer of Berwyn; a sister, Dorothy Hoppe of Tucson, Ariz.; and two grandsons. Another daughter, Suellen McGillivray, died some years ago.

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