Sept. 22, 1945 – July 11, 2015
Beverly R. Vander Kooy, a longtime employee of the University at Buffalo library department, died July 11 at Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. She was 69.
Born in Buffalo, the former Beverly R. Ruth attended elementary school in Orchard Park and graduated from Kenmore East High School in 1963.
She earned degrees from York (Pa.) Junior College and UB.
Mrs. Vander Kooy worked at UB for 37 years, from June 1965 to December 2002.
In the 1960s, she worked on the first computerization of the university’s library card catalogs, submitting data via punchcard.
From 1970 to 1978 she served as assistant to the curator of the poetry collection and special collections at Lockwood Memorial Library.
She met her husband, Edo G. Vander Kooy, on their first day working at the poetry collection, she as a civil servant, he as a work study employee.
They married less than two years later.
After retiring from UB, Mrs. Vander Kooy worked part-time as an administrative assistant at Daemen College.
Mrs. Vander Kooy loved learning and shared that passion with those around her. She was a voracious reader, especially of mysteries.
In addition to her husband of 42 years, she is survived by a son, Daniel A.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 8 at the chapel in Forest Lawn.