Florence Elizabeth Harshe died at 10:55 p.m. March 17, 2013, at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, Spencerville. She was 95.
Miss Harshe, the daughter of Maud and Carl F. Harshe, was born Oct. 16, 1917, in Lima. She was a graduate of Lima South High School and The Ohio State University. She earned a graduate degree in library science from Case-Western University, Cleveland.
She served as head of circulation at the Lima Public Library for six years, as reference librarian and head of the order department at the Library of Hawaii, Honolulu, from 1947 to 1951, as director of the New York State Regional Library Center (later North Country System) in Watertown, N.Y., from 1951 to 1959, and as director of the Southern Adirondack Library System, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., for 22 years. At the time of her retirement in 1980, the New York Legislature passed a legislative resolution commending her for an outstanding career in library service. She was honored by St. Lawrence University with a North Country Citizen’s Award, by the Hudson-Mohawk Library Association with an Outstanding Librarianship Award and by the Saratoga Hospital as Volunteer of the Year in 1982.
She was actively professionally, holding offices in the New York Library Association, the American Library Association and the Capital District Library Council. She contributed articles and reports to professional journals and spoke at library conferences throughout the country.
The New York State Board of Regents appointed her to the NYS Professional Librarians Examination Committee and to the NYS Advisory Committee for the Federal Library Services and Construction Act. The Capital District Library Council also appointed her to its advisory committee for Hospital Libraries where she served for many years.
She was a member of the New York Library Association, the American Library Association, American Association of University Women, and the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
She was a volunteer medical librarian at the Saratoga Hospital for 15 years and delivered Meals-on-Wheels for 17 years. She was interested in the arts, travel and reading.
She is survived by a sister, Kathleen Thomas, of Lake Mary, Fla.; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services and interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church or one’s chosen charity.
Arrangements are by Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville.
Condolences may be shared at BayliffAndSon.com.