South Bend, IN: Judith Harrington died at Morning View nursing home, South Bend, Indiana, early in the morning Thursday, July 4th. Judy was a long time resident of Brighton, NY, a suburb of Rochester. She moved to South Bend in 2011 to be close to her daughter Susan.
Judy was the daughter of Alexander Eli and Lou Wilson (Conklin) Ginsberg. Born in NY and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, she graduated high school in Virginia at the age of 15. Her summers were spent on Long Island with her grandmother, Ada (Titus) Conklin, of Roslyn, NY. Like her parents, Judy attended Cornell University and married a college classmate, Ronald Vern Harrington, on 23 Jan 1954.
Following her mother's example, Judy was a Classics major at Cornell. She added a second major in English, graduating cum laude at age 20. She was advised by the same professor, Harry Caplan, who had guided her mother's studies. Education, language, books and libraries were central to her life. Ron and Judy moved to the DC area, where Judy was a librarian at the Library of Congress while Ron worked at the National Security Agency. She put her career on hold while her children were young but always found time to volunteer as a literacy tutor and president of the local Council of Jewish Women. The family moved from Washington, DC, to Cambridge, MA, then to Maryland and back to Cambridge where Ron got his Ph.D., and finally to Brighton, NY in 1964, when Ron became professor of Russian and Linguistics at the University of Rochester.
In the late 1960s, Judy went back to school at SUNY Geneseo to get her Masters of Library Science. She was a librarian in the Spencerport, NY, public schools for many years. Fascinated by the early development of computer cataloguing in the 1980's, she became a library automation expert and taught beginning computer programming during the summers. Her husband Ron died in 1993. Retirement in 1994 from Spencerport did not end her career; in 1995, Judy moved to Austria for two years to work as librarian at the Vienna International School.
Upon returning to Brighton, Judy volunteered as a docent at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, working on cataloguing the Albert Stone collection of early Rochester photographs and then was hired as a part-time librarian there.
Throughout her life, Judy learned many languages: Latin and Greek at Cornell, Russian when Ron was required to speak only Russian for his education, German while living in Austria. She had passion for poetry, reading, gardening, bird-watching, computers, weather and virtually anything else that appealed to her intellect.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Charles Ginsberg, and her husband Ron. She is survived by her son Philip (Susan Reynolds) Harrington of St Louis, MO, daughter Susan (Roberto) Enamorado of New Carlisle, IN, son Joel (Julie Atkinson) Harrington of Redwood City, CA and grandchildren June, Marjorie, Samuel, Sarah, and Rebecca Harrington, Sebastian and Alejandro Enamorado, and Isaac Harrington.
A memorial service is tentatively planned for 28 Sep 2013 in Rochester, NY. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com