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CARPENTER, Gai Gai Carpenter passed away peacefully surrounded by love on Saturday morning, (April 2, 2011). Born and raised in Willimantic CT, she was the daughter of John Carpenter and Marjorie (Pilcher) Carpenter of Columbia, CT. Her parents and her cousin, Charlene Pepin, of Willimantic, CT, survive her. During her high school years in Willimantic, she attended summer classes at Trinity College, and was at the United Nations for a summer. Gai received her BA from Mount Holyoke College in 1967, was a Graduate Scholar at Duke University 1967-68, and received her MLS from Indiana University in 1969. Gai was a member of the Hampshire College staff on Opening Day in 1970. She worked as a Media Resources Adviser in the Library Center until she became Director of the Library Center in 1973. She held this position for close to 40 years, assuming responsibilities for Academic Computing in 1985 and Administrative Computing in 1990. She retired in 2009 as Director of Library and Information Services. She was responsible for recruiting and mentoring most of the existing staff of the library and information technology departments. Gai served on the New England Library Information Network (NELINET) Executive Committee, as well as over a dozen accreditation committees for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). As a member of the Five College Librarians Council, Gai was a leader in the adoption of information technology in the Five College libraries, serving as Project Manager for the Five College Library Automation Project from 1981 to 1996. Gai was a long time member of the Amherst Historical Commission. She served on the Board of Tribunes of WGBY from 1978 to 1990, had been a devotée of WFCR for more than 40 years and treasured the memory of Robert J. Lurtsema and her Morning Pro Musica mug. She loved music, gardening, woodworking/furniture making, reading, old house restoration, and had a great love of animals. Douglass Funeral Service is assisting the family. Service arrangements will be held at the convenience of the family. Her family and loved ones are grateful for the care and love given to her at The Fisher Home of Amherst. She will be deeply missed by her family and by her many friends and colleagues around the Valley. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 5, 2011
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