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.


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Published in Hartford Courant on Feb. 8, 2009.
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September 9, 2009
I am very saddened to learn that Elizabeth Eaton passed away 8 months ago. I heard about it only yesterday from a friend who was visiting in the DC area. I first met Liz in 1975, when I started working for the Moody Medical Library at UTMB in Galveston. She was the Associate Director there and facilitated my hiring process. While there we worked closely and even wrote a paper together that was published. My husband and I also knew Liz’s first husband, Doug Eaton. After she left Galveston, we kept in touch although I saw her rarely. Our last meeting was about 5 years ago, when we met at Brazos Bend State Park in the Houston area for hiking. She was as vivacious, friendly and beautiful as she had been all her life. No doubt, she left many friends and colleagues behind, who will continue to remember her. May she rest in peace.
Inci Bowman, Ph.D.
Inci Bowman
September 8, 2009
It is with great shock and sadness that I learned belatedly today of Elizabeth's passing. I've known her for 34 years, and some of my earliest, fondest memories of her are of us playing tennis with George and Norma Barrett in Galveston. She loved the exercise and friendly competition! My heart-felt condolences to Frank and his and her family!
Peter Bowman
August 16, 2009
Elizabeth in Holland in 1973
August 16, 2009
Elizabeth was the best, and it's so hard to learn that she's gone.
a b
August 16, 2009
Elizabeth was the best, and it's so hard to learn that she's gone.
March 5, 2009
I am sorry for your loss Uncle Frank.
Even though I never got to meet Elizabeth, I was always hearing about how happy you both were.
My prayers also go out to the family of Elizabeth for strength and comfort during this time.
Michelle Keener
February 18, 2009
We in the library profession have lost a dear friend and a gifted colleague with the passing of Elizabeth. While she touched the lives of thousands of us in this profession, I know that she touched many more thousands of lives in the wider world. She will be missed by us all.
Richard Wood
February 10, 2009
What a remarkable lady Elizabeth was! Our deepest condolences go to my Uncle Frank; you found the love of your life and I believe Elizabeth did as well and you will never lose those memories you have of the time you spent together. May she rest in peace and know that she was loved by many. Uncle Frank, please know that we are all here for you now.
Velma Perry
February 9, 2009
I'll miss Elizabeth's input on our Vanderbilt Place Landscape Committee on which we served together. Her suggestion to plant
the beautiful azalias near the entrance of our property will forever remind me of her. My condolences to Frank and the family.
Ays Dore
February 9, 2009
Elizabeth's family has my sincere condolences. She was someone with whom it was a pleasure to work.
Judy Cantwell
February 8, 2009
Elizabeth was a special light that came into our family. There was so much life and love that will be missed by all of us. My prayers go out to my Unlce Frank who has lost a soul mate who could always make him smile even when times were tough.
Vicki Sicinski
February 8, 2009
Elizabeth was such a beautiful person in every way. She glowed with love for Frank, she shared family and friend stories, she skipped through Rice when she took me to see the bird's nesting area, she laughed with us and she challenged us to think way outside of the box. Her persuit of information and knowledge was relentless and she loved sharing this with everyone. I have missed her these past few months at work and feel a great gap with her passing. She loved her family with a depth and joy that everyone who knew her could see. Elizabeth was a lady. My deepest sympathy to Frank, her family and friends. We have all been blessed to have known her.
Martha Grady
February 8, 2009
I admired Elizabeth Eaton for her intelligence, accomplishments, elegance and sense of fun. I extend my deepest sympathies to her family, her colleagues and the profession.
Elizabeth Connor
February 8, 2009
It saddens us deeply that Elizabeth has passed. The times that we spent with Frank & Elizabeth were pretious moments. She will never be forgotten and will greatly be missed.
Our deepest sympathy to Frank. You gave Elizabeth so many wonderful years of happiness; and in our hearts we know that those were the best years of her life.
Many prayers and blessings,
Gerard and Loretta Hajovsky
Holman, Texas
Gerard & Loretta Hajovsky
February 8, 2009
Sincere condolences to Frank and to the whole family. Elizabeth was a lovely woman and we will have good memories of our visits together in
Goliad. May God bless you in this time of need.
Roy and Becky Martinez
Becky Martinez
February 8, 2009
Elizabeth will be missed by so many people. I have only known her for a few years and she was a wonderful person. She made a impact on everyones life she touched, especially my uncle Frank. You could see the love was so strong for them. I hope everyone feels that love in their lifetime. We love you Elizabeth.
Victor Villarreal
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