Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

In Memoriam

Remembering HSLI members

This site lists HSLI members that have passed on. We are limited in posting memorials by the information we receive about our members. If you have news of a member’s passing, please notify Roy Jones at

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July 2016

Gail was a graduate of Western and Northern Illinois universities. After earning her Masters degree in Library Science, she worked as the medical librarian at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights for over 30 years.

She was active in Medical Library organizations such as the Medical Library Association and the Health Science Librarians of Illinois. Gail, as a long time member of HSLI, served as treasurer and as President for 1993-94.

She was an avid traveler, needle-worker, and enjoyed membership in her local book club.

Her full obituary can be viewed at

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Michael Wold

October 23, 2015

Michael was born Nov. 15, 1952, in Postville, Iowa. He received his bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate from the University of Northern Iowa. He then received his master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

He worked in the medical library of the Burlington Medical Center for five years and later at Galesburg Cottage Hospital and OSF St. Mary Medical Center for 26 years.

Michael was a long time member of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois. He served many years as the Chair and later Co-chair of the Legislative Committee. He was HSLI President for 1989-90.

Michael personified the cultured professional, both in his library work and as a collector of stamps and first editions.
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December 14, 2004

Nancy Stump was an active member of HSLI and served in several roles, including HSLI President from 1990-1993. She is remembered for many things, especially her fun and efficient meetings. Nancy is fondly remembered as a colleague, clown, friend and animal lover.

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Jul 29, 2000

Syed Maghrabi from Louis Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago passed away on July 29, 2000. Most of us will remember Syed as the courtly, generous professional always willing to lend a hand.
~Nina Pals

The time I had with Syed as my mentor [for the Metropolitan Consortium] was very precious. Although he was in great pain, he still had time to mentor me and guide me as to my duties and responsibilities for the Consortium. He was a great man. At his memorial service at Weiss Memorial, the auditorium was filled with physicians, residents and other health care professionals. There were many memorials made an attestation to his warmth and giving personality. He will be sorely missed.
~Helene Gottesmann, St. Francis Hospital Medical Library, Evanston, IL

Syed received the Pride Handelman Award from Weiss Hospital in 1995, which was a source of great pride and satisfaction to him. He will be missed.
~Laura Mueller Shriners

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