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Margaret Mary Kimmel, known as "Maggie" to her friends, was born May 12, 1938, in Gary, Indiana. Maggie was a Librarian, Literary Researcher, Literature Advocate, Professor, Children's Book Author, and Freelance Writer. She died on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, after a short battle with leukemia. She is survived by a sister, Cathy, who lives in New York City; and a brother, Mike, who lives in Houston. Dr. Margaret Mary Kimmel was Professor Emeritus in the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was Chair for nine years teaching graduate courses related to children, literature and the provision of library services. She lectured extensively in the United States. As a visiting professor at the college of Librarianship Wales, she visited libraries and library education programs in Great Britain, West Germany and France. She was a guest of the French Ministry of Culture in Paris and spent time in Spain for the State Department. Her writing includes Magic in the Mist, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman and For Reading Out Loud! with Elizabeth Segel. She edited a series of children's books for the University of Pittsburgh Press, the Golden Triangle Books, set in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Dr. Kimmel worked as an advisor to "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," appeared as storyteller, and was a Fellow of the Rogers Center for Media and Early Childhood at St. Vincent's College in Latrobe, PA. Other affiliations and chairmanships include the Carnegie 100 and the Advisory Board of Beginning with Books. She chaired the "Best Books for Babies" Committee for 13 years. She was Chair of the Board of Directors of Canterbury Place (an active residence for elders), and on the board of trustees for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. She served with numerous boards affiliated with UPMC, including the Board of Visitors and the Board of Senior Communities. She was Chair of the Advisory Council for the UPMC Disability Resource Center and spearheaded efforts to improve access to healthcare for people with disabilities. Maggie served as secretary for FISA Foundation, and co-chaired the grants committee, working to improve the lives of women, girls, and people with disabilities. Arrangements by the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A Catholic Mass celebrating her memory will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 10 a.m., St. James Catholic Church, 718 Franklin Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Donations in memory of Dr. Margaret Kimmel For children's books: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Development Office, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk Street Pittsburgh, PA 15201.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jun. 14 to Jun. 15, 2014.
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June 17, 2014
To Maggie's family, I so wish I could be there this morning to celebrate the life and work of Maggie Kimmel. Recent surgery precludes my being with you. I met Maggie 17 years ago (when I moved to Pittsburgh) through Beginning with Books and Best Books for Babies, two organizations that valued the art and craft of children's literature and the importance of reading to young children. The work we did together was some of the most valuable and stimulating of my professional life. Our discussions of books - illustrations, language, diversity, poetry, humor, interest, subject matter - were thoughtful, provocative, sometimes heated, and always focused on identifying the best literature for our youngest readers. Maggie led our efforts and was the consummate collaborator. One of our last collaborations was with the Community Food Bank, providing books for children whose parents were picking up food. Our idea was to feed minds as well as bodies. My condolences to your family. Please know that she has left us all far too soon, Mary Ellen Hoy, Fox Chapel
June 16, 2014
To my high school friend who achieved so much in her lifetime I bless you as you attain Heaven. Go with God - your work on earth is finished. Mary Frances
June 16, 2014
I had the pleasure of meeting Maggie through work. I will truly miss her and our little chats. She had a unique way of knowing just what was needed and did not hesitate to extend herself with comfort and compassion. I will truly miss her being in my life in her own special way. My sincerest sympathy to Maggie's loved ones.
Darlene Petrelli
June 16, 2014
Maggie, or Aunt Maggie to my family, was a fantastic lady--lifelong friend to my mom and godmother to my brother. One of my favorite memories of Aunt Maggie was when I went into a teaching credential program. Maggie was so excited for me to be heading into the profession of teaching children; she sent me her book "For Reading Out Loud" and I still have that book and I have referred to it many times throughout the years. You will be missed by so many here--heaven is lucky to have another star in it.
June 15, 2014
Sincere sympathy to Maggie's family and friends. The world of children's books has lost a great advocate, friend, historian and teacher. She shared what she knew and inspired the love of books in children of all ages. Maggie, you will be missed. Rest now and read aloud to all the other angels around you.
Cindy Ulrich
June 14, 2014
Dr. Kimmel, thank you for sharing a love of librarianship and children's literature with me. You will be greatly missed, but you will live on forever in the lives of the librarians you helped teach.
Susan Fox
June 14, 2014
With sympathy to Maggie's family and close friends, and in gratitude for the joy and wonder and commitment I found as her student at SLIS.
Kipp Dawson
June 14, 2014
All of us in the children's book community loved Maggie! How could we not value someone who valued each of us, our work, and, most of all, our audience. Condolences to her family and her legion of friends.
Fred Bortz
June 14, 2014
Sincerest condolences to Maggie's family, her dearest friends, and colleagues. . . . .I had the pleasure of knowing Maggie, but not for long enough. She was so interesting, fun, and inspirational! My husband worked with Maggie at one time on protocols for libraries, and he thoroughly enjoyed his time with her. . . . .R.I.P., Maggie, and thank you for all that you have done and for your outstanding career and activism!
Karen Lynch-Schirra
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