Eleonore Rosina Buehl, 96, college, hospital librarian

March 05, 2003

Eleonore Rosina Buehl, a retired librarian who worked at the old Baltimore City Hospital and earlier at the University of Pittsburgh, died Thursday of complications from a circulatory disorder at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. She was 96.

Miss Buehl was born in Montague, Mich., the daughter of the Rev. Louis Frederick Christian Buehl, a German Methodist minister who later was professor of theology at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. Miss Buehl earned her bachelor's degree from the college in 1929.

She earned a second bachelor's degree in library science from Western Reserve College in 1932 and a master's degree in the discipline from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1940.

Miss Buehl, who was a nationally known librarian and cataloguer, worked at Baldwin-Wallace and later was librarian at the Boston University School of Business Administration.

She also worked at Bucknell University, Texas State College for Women and Cornell University before joining the library staff at the University of Pittsburgh in the early 1950s. She completed the merging of the medical, nursing and dentistry libraries into the university's Library of Health Sciences.

Miss Buehl moved to Baltimore in the late 1950s when she was appointed librarian at Baltimore City Hospital, now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She retired in 1969.

A longtime resident of Linkwood Road in North Baltimore, Miss Buehl had lived at the Sykesville retirement community since 1992.

She had volunteered at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, North Charles General Hospital, Church Home and Hospital, and Baltimore County General Hospital.

Miss Buehl, who was an accomplished piano and organ player, enjoyed attending performances of classical and sacred music. She attended the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Opera and the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

She had been a longtime member of Wilson Memorial United Methodist Church. After it closed, she joined Second Presbyterian Church.

Services were held yesterday.

Miss Buehl is survived by several nephews and nieces.

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