Library associate retires after 46 years at UT

July 29, 2011 | UToday
By Christian Stewart

A member of Carlson Library’s staff has retired after more than four decades of service at The University of Toledo.



Martha Gregory, who worked at Carlson Library since July 1, 1965, retired from her position as a library associate June 30.

Many of Gregory’s contributions have been done behind the scenes, faithfully updating library information.

“A lot has changed. When I started, we still had the card catalogue; now everything is done online,” she said.

Her colleagues said they will miss her skills and capacity for work.

“Martha’s experience and expertise has been invaluable to me,” said Laura Kinner, director of University Libraries. “She is the backbone of the library.”

Before coming to work for UT, Gregory taught vocal music at an elementary school, but she soon discovered that teaching was not for her.

“It took several years for me to find it, but I eventually found the job I was meant to do,” she said.

Gregory’s UT “family” extended to her off-campus life as well. Her husband, Dr. Elmer Richard Gregory, was an English professor at the University until his retirement in 1998. He died in 2009.

She plans to spend her free time becoming more involved in her church and, not surprising since she worked in a library, catching up on her reading.

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