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Elizabeth King Eaton Ph.D.

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EATON, Elizabeth King, PHD., Elizabeth King Eaton, PHD., passed away Tuesday, (February 3, 2009), in Houston, TX. At the time of her death, Elizabeth was Executive Director, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library and Director NN/LM, National Network of Library of Medicine, South Central Region, National Library of Medicine. From 1982-2001 she was Director, Tufts University Health Sciences Library, Boston, MA. Education includes BA, Hood College, Frederick, MD; Masters in Library Sciences, UCLA, CA; and Ph.D, School of Biomedical Sciences, UTMB, Galveston, TX. At Tufts she helped with a strategic planning effort that led to the development of the Health Sciences Database (HSDB), a curriculum management database for the Tufts University health sciences schools. In February 2001, the HSDB received a CIO Enterprise Value Award, the first academic institution to receive this award. Elizabeth was course director for new technologies in the Tufts/Emerson Health Communications Program and taught the medical library science course at Simmons College. She was secretary of SCAMeL, South Central Academic Medical Library Association and served as a mentor for the NLM/AAHSL, National Library of Medicine/Association Academic Health Sciences Libraries Fellowship Program. Elizabeth was born in New York, NY December 23, 1943. She spent her childhood years in postwar Germany, where her father was a lawyer at the Nuremberg trials, and grew up in Tolland on the Dimock family farm, attending Tolland Public Schools and Ellington High School. Elizabeth guided her family in the creation of a conservation easement for 191 acres of the Dimock land with the Trust for Public Land and the Town of Tolland. She leaves her loving husband, Frank Allen Ybarra; his children, Jeff Ybarra and Jennifer Johnson, Houston, TX; sisters, Ruth Dianne McHutchison, Haddam, Susanne Douglas King, Los Alamos, NM; Mary Ellen Via, Ester, AK; brothers, Charles Randolph King, Tolland and Geoffrey Dimock King, Manchester; beloved nieces and nephews, Ellen, Thomas, and Caroline King, Zachary and William Via, Sarah Legare, and Anne McHutchison; her dear friend, Janis Apted; many loving cousins, and hundreds of colleagues and friends in the medical library community. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Douglas King and Phoebe Dimock King. Elizabeth will be interred in the Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, KY, in a family plot with her grandparents, William Wallace Dimock and Ruth Mudge Dimock. A Houston memorial service will scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, she has requested that donations in her memory be made to the Tolland Public Library, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084. Please visit www.earthmanfunerals.com to sign her guest book or post a condolence letter.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 8, 2009
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