MARGRIT B. KREWSON

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KREWSON MARGRIT BERAN KREWSON Of Cathedral Heights and Tampa, FL passed away November 6, 2014 at the age of 78. Margrit served as the German/Dutch Area Specialist in the European Division of the Library of Congress where she acquired material for the collection, assisted scholars from around the world, lectured extensively including at Harvard University, authored more than 20 bibliographic publications, was published in Germany's Bibliotheksdienst and oversaw many exhibits including "Dresden: Treasures from the Saxon State Library". For her exemplary achievements, she received numerous accolades from the Library of Congress including its highest the Superior Service Award. She was also recognized by the Federal Republic of Germany with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit, by the Republic of Austria with the Grand Decoration of Honor, by the Netherlands with a Knighthood in the Order of Oranje-Nassau, and by Belgium with a Knighthood in the Order of the Crown. In retirement she facilitated the acquisition of both "America's Birth Certificate' the Waldseemueller world map of 1507, and the Carta Marina of 1516 both of which are on display as permanent treasures at the Library of Congress. She served on various boards such as the Heurich House Museum and the German/American Heritage Foundation, which honored her in 2007 as the Distinguished German American of the Year. Margrit also produced an exhibit on the Leipzig University Library collection at the Grolier Club in New York City and initiated the VIP Lecture Series, which brings noted ambassadors to the Tampa Bay Committee on Foreign Relation and the University of Tampa. Most recently, she was named the first Honorary Member of the Map Society of the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, by a unanimous vote of the Philip Lee Phillips Steering Committee. Margrit Beran Krewson will be interred at the Arlington National Cemetery in January where she will be together with her beloved husband of 56 years Charles Fleming Krewson, III who predeceased her last year. She is survived by her daughter, Col. Caroline H. Krewson, USAF (Ret.) of Alexandria, VA and son, Charles F. Krewson, IV of New York, NY. Gifts in Margrit's memory can be made to the University of Tampa, "In Memory of Margrit Krewson/Honors Program", Development Office Box H, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606.Gifts in Margrit's memory can be made to the University of Tampa, "In Memory of Margrit Krewson/Honors Program", Development Office Box H, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 16, 2014