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Our last goodbye to a gentleman and a scholar.

It is with deep sadness that we learned of our friend Conrad Schoeffling’s passing on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 after a six month illness.

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Conrad was hired by CW Post in 1968. He worked in many capacities in the library for the next 48 years: as a cataloger, as a reference librarian and as head of the Circulation Department.  He served as Chairman of the Library Personnel Committee for several years, the Coordinator of Library Workshops, and a contributing editor to C. W. Post Library’s journal Added Entries.  For the last 25 years he has been the head of Special Collections where he acquired and built the distinguished Winthrop Palmer French and Irish Literature Collection of over 3,000 items.  With Samuel Beckett as a pivotal point between the French and Irish, this collection is replete with unique and invaluable rarities. He was an active member of the Conservation and Preservation Committee of Long Island Library Resources Council.  In the 1980s and 1990s he also worked as a part-time librarian at the Lindenhurst, Syosset, and Brentwood Public Libraries.

He joined the Long Island Book Collectors in 2006, becoming one of its most energetic and engaged members. Together with Jarron Jewell, he opened the doors of Special Collections to us. There, we were privy to some of his rarest treasures, which he proudly presented in his clear but understated way. Always, he wore his education lightly and was quick to answer any question that fell within his vast field of expertise, no matter how small or how trivial.

Before his illness, Conrad shared the Vice Presidency of the LIBC with Jarron Jewell.

He truly was a scholar and a gentleman.

We will miss him dearly.

Paul Belard and Jacqueline Marx

 

The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS.)

Since 1995, The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS) publishes newsletters semi-annually for the benefit of its 31 North American Member Clubs. They address issues of concern to those who love the book and count it as a prized possession. Articles and reviews on a broad range of bibliophilic topics have appeared in the Newsletters over the years.

A website hosted by FABS has been introduced in June 2013 to enhance the publication of the semi-annual Newsletter. The Blog will serve the needs of its  Member Clubs.  Members may post news of club events, share information on collections, and address issue of concern to those who love the book and count it as a prized possession. To visit their website, click here. The newsletter is written by Jacqueline Marx, our FABS representative.