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Ursula Meyer (1927-2011)

Ursula Meyer was born into a prominent and well-educated Jewish banking family, in 1927, in Danzig (now Gdansk), Poland, from which they fled in 1938, eventually settling in Beverly Hills, CA. A graduate of University of Southern California’s library school, Meyer worked in Washington State, New York, and Butte County before becoming director of the Stockton-San Joaquin County library in 1974. There she was known as an outspoken advocate for public library services and intellectual freedom. During her tenure, five new branches were built and nearly all others renovated.

She served as president of the California Library Association in 1977/78 and was a member of the American Library Association council, 1974-1979. Although Meyer retired in 1994, she remained active in the library profession and was a fixture at CLA conferences. She was one of the first women admitted into the Rotary Club of Stockton.

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