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A memorial service for Margaret Y. Johnston, 94, a retired University at Buffalo librarian, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St., Williamsville.

Miss Johnston died last Wednesday (May 21, 2003) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness.

A Buffalo native, the Bennett High School graduate attended the University of Buffalo and received a bachelor of arts degree and library science certificate in 1931.

Though hired immediately after graduation at UB's library, she continued her studies at the University of Chicago.

Miss Johnston served as head of the cataloging department for her entire 43-year career with UB. She retired in 1974.

Throughout her years of service, she watched construction of the first Thomas B. Lockwood Memorial Library and the transition of the university from a private institution to the State University of New York system.

During the library's rapid growth in the 1960s and 1970s, she played a key role, according to John Edens, UB's assistant director of libraries for technical service.

"In a farewell letter to the library staff, she assured them she would continue to cherish their friendship. Numerous staff from her era and later were to cherish her friendship," Edens said. "She was a lovely person."

Miss Johnston was a resident of Williamsville for the last 35 years and a member of Williamsville United Methodist Church.


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