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Bernadette Callery

Point Breeze

Bernadette G. Callery Point Breeze Bernadette Gabrielle Callery, 64, of Point Breeze, died Friday, July 27, 2012. Born Dec. 1, 1947, in Monongahela, she was the daughter of the late Violet L. and Joseph F. Callery. She is survived by her beloved partner of 46 years, Joseph M. Newcomer; a brother, Tony Callery and his sons, Jake and Taylor Callery; as well as other nieces and nephews. She died after a long and arduous fight against ovarian cancer. She was attracted to descriptive bibliography during her English studies at Seton Hill College from 1965 to 1969, and she pursued a Master of Arts in Library Science at the University of Chicago, receiving it in 1971. In late 1971, she joined the staff at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation as assistant librarian. There, she had primary responsibility for original cataloging the library collection, and collaborated with other Institute departments on exhibitions which introduced the collections to the public. One notable exhibition, "The Tradition of Fine Bookbinding in the Twentieth Century" (1979) brought together the work of significant modern bookbinders and their historical counterparts and was accompanied by an international symposium. She became librarian at the Hunt in 1977. She moved to the New York Botanical Garden Library as research librarian in 1987. There, she had responsibility for two major projects. The first was serving as co-curator for an exhibition, "Nature's Mirror," held at the New York Public Library in 1989. This exhibition included original botanical art and printed books from the collections of the New York Botanical Garden Library, the New York Public Library and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (England). The other was serving as project manager to establish the Garden's first online library catalog, CATALPA. This involved working across the botanical and information technology departments as well as the library. While at the Hunt Institute and the New York Botanical Garden, she lectured and published articles and reviews on many aspects of botanical bibliography and illustration. She was active in the council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL), serving one term (1980 to 1981) as president of that organization. In 1997, CBHL awarded her their highest honor, naming her the recipient of the Charles L. Long Award of Extraordinary Merit. She participated in the symposia of the Society for the History of Natural History, and presented several papers at their London, England, conferences. She served as membership secretary and coordinator of the Guild of Book Workers, producing their annual indexed membership list from 1985 to 2003. She returned to Pittsburgh in 1994. In late 1994, she became the librarian at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. In 1995, she began a course of study in archives at the University of Pittsburgh. At the museum, she was instrumental in bringing in a large number of graduate student interns to work on library and archival collections. In addition, she was responsible for the design of the new library, because the area of the old library would be used for the Dinosaurs In Their Time exhibit. She worked closely with the architects, building engineers, and construction personnel to create a new library space. Beginning in 1999, she instituted the Preservation Fair, a public information event which brought together the public, their preservation concerns and conservators. The Fair repeated in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011, and will continue into the future. She was awarded her PhD. in 2002. As a graduate student, she had designed and taught a completely new course on museum archives. After she received her degree, she taught at the School of Information Sciences as an adjunct. She was invited to spend the 2007 academic year as a visiting professor, and joined the faculty at SIS in 2008. She enjoyed working with students, colleagues and the various collections enormously and took great pleasure in introducing students to the world of archives, particularly within a museum setting. In the spring of 2011, her contract was renewed through 2014. In the summer of 2011, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In the summer of 2012, it was clear that control or remission would not occur, and she went into palliative/home hospice care. She died at the Center for Compassionate Care Canterbury hospice, after a brief stay. Other interests including costume construction, which she learned under the guidance of Joan Markert, costumer at Point Park College, gardening (with the help of the members of the many garden clubs to whom she spoke when at the Hunt Institute) and cooking with friends. She co-authored, with Joe, a cookbook, which for many years was a featured premium for the WQED-FM fundraisers. A supporter of the arts in Pittsburgh, she and Joe have had season subscriptions for many years to the Pittsburgh Opera and the Pittsburgh Symphony. In addition, they attended many performances by the Pittsburgh

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