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Gertrude 'Trudy' M. VanZee

by Jeanne Baron

April 14, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Gertrude Trudy M. VanZee.
Gertrude "Trudy" VanZee
Gertrude "Trudy" M. VanZee, a former Western Michigan University faculty member, died Feb. 6. She was 98.

VanZee of Kalamazoo joined the WMU staff in 1952 as a catalog librarian in Waldo Library and became head of the catalog department in 1963. She retired in 1978 as an associate professor emeritus of University Libraries after 26 years of service to the University.

Early in her career, VanZee was a public and private school teacher in Michigan and California. She went on to serve as a catalog librarian at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University between 1939 and 1942, then served as an assistant librarian at Kalamazoo College the next 10 years.

VanZee was an active member and leader of the Michigan Library Association as well as a member of the American Library Association, Kalamazoo branch of the American Association of University Women, and the Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library.

She also was a volunteer for the Bronson Hospital Auxiliary's Chapel Guild, a tutor and tutor-student coordinator for the Kalamazoo Literacy Council, and a lifelong member of the First Reformed Church, where she served as an elder.

VanZee earned a bachelor's degree from Hope College as well as bachelor's and master's degrees in library science from the University of Michigan.

Burial was in Kalamazoo's Riverside Cemetery.