Virginia Purdy, 92, passed away on May 22. Purdy received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree and PhD in history from the George Washington University. Purdy worked as a reference librarian at the Library of Congress and as an assistant historian and keeper of the Catalog of American Portraits at Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. In 1969, she moved to the National Archives, where she remained until she retired in 1989. Purdy was active in SAA; she was named a Fellow in 1981 and served as the editor of The American Archivist. Dr. James Berton “Bert” Rhoads, Sr., passed away in April. Rhoads earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD from American University. Rhoads joined the National Archives in 1952 and held a number of positions before being appointed the fifth Archivist of the United States in May 1968. Under Rhoads’s direction, the National Archives’ quarterly publication Prologue was founded. Rhoads played a key role in establishing the Truman, Johnson, and Kennedy libraries. Rhoads also encouraged engagement in the International Council on Archives and headed the United States delegation to the ICA-sponsored International Congress of Archivists in Moscow. He later went on to serve as ICA president from 1976 to 1979. Rhoads was named an SAA Fellow in 1966 and served as the SAA president from 1974 to 1975. After leaving the National Archives in 1979, Rhoads taught at Western Washington University before retiring. Dr. Allen Weinstein, the ninth archivist of the United States, passed away on June 18. Weinstein was sworn in as archivist in 2005. NARA saw many accomplishments under his leadership, including an increase in the annual appropriated budget for the National Archives from $318.7 million for fiscal year 2005 to $411.1 million for fiscal year 2008; the establishment of the National Declassification Initiative to begin to address the challenges regarding the policies, procedures, structure, and resources needed to create a more responsive and reliable executive branch-wide declassification program; and the creation of the First Preservers program in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Among numerous awards and fellowships, Weinstein has held two Senior Fullbright Lectureships; served as a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the American Council of Learned Societies; and was a Commonwealth Fund Lecturer at the University of London.
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