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March 2, 1995

Eleanor Dym

Eleanor D. Dym, a retired faculty member in Pitt's Department of Information Science, died Feb. 15 after a short illness.

Dym came to Pitt as a staff member in the Knowledge Availability Systems Center in 1965. She became the center's director in 1967 and joined the faculty of the Department of Information Science in 1970.

For nine years, until her retirement in December 1992, Dym served as coordinator of the undergraduate program in information science.

From 1987 to 1990, Dym was president of the School of Library and Information Science Senate. During 1986-1987, she chaired the executive committee for academic computing's software working group, and allocations and priorities working group, and Senate Council's plant utilization and planning committee.

At various times during her years at Pitt, Dym also was a member of the Pitt Club Board of Governors, College of General Studies Faculty Council and the Provost's advisory committee for undergraduate programs. In addition, she was involved in various activities in the Department of Athletics.

Dym's research interests included the design and development of information centers, indexing and abstracting, management of information centers, on-line search services, and thesaurus design and development. She was instrumental in the development of an admission and evaluation database for information science undergraduates.

A 1953 graduate of Chatham College, Dym obtained a Master of Library Science degree from Pitt in 1965. She is survived by a daughter, Victoria Lee; a son, Jeffrey Lee; two sisters, Dorothy McGeorge and Mary Smeltzer, and two grandchildren.

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