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Ian Ralston has written this tribute to a great librarian, educator and friend of the Centre, who died this month.

Posted 10 May, 2005

You can read the article on web search techniques that Pam wrote for Arnet It is with great sadness that I have to report the sudden death on May 3rd of a great friend of the ASRC, Pam Wonsek, at the age of 55, in Beth Israel Medical Center, Manhattan, New York. Pam had been a great supporter and active member of the ASRC’s US Advisory Panel for nearly ten years. This began after I first met Pam at a session of the Salzburg Seminar in Austria where she was participating as a guest lecturer. Pam then became a major supporter of our work and a valued contributor to American Studies Today. In addition to this she also provided invaluable research support when others would have given up. But above all this, Pam became a great personal friend. Born in Los Angeles, Pam’s mother was a professional dancer and her father an accomplished major league baseball player. She was educated at the University of Massachusetts, Simon College Boston and City University New York, where she became Deputy Chief Librarian and lecturer in Communications in the Department of Film and Media. All those who came into contact with Pam not only recognised her great sense of internationalism but also her professional commitment and skills. Above all though, to all those who became her friends, was her infectious sense of humour and her immense generosity. I know I speak for all her friends and colleagues, not only in the US and at Hunter College (CUNY), but also in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, India, the Lebanon, Spain and of course the UK, when I say that Pam brought a lot of fun into our lives. She was also a major influence in developing international cooperation and understanding between those involved in the study of the US right across the world. All of us will desperately miss her.


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