Sue O’Neil Johnson, 1939-2007

Sue O'Neill Johnson (playing the accordion)

Sue O’Neill Johnson (playing the accordion)

It is with sadness that those of us in the SIG-III community learn of the passing of Sue O’Neil Johnson, one of our members who inspired all of us with her dedication to the field of international information and her commitment to information professionals around the world. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 5th at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, Bethesda, Maryland.

ASIS&T has posted a touching account of her life. Two passages in particular offer thoughtful glimpses of her life:

Sue was also active in the American Society for Information Science and Technology. She was twice Chair of the International Information Issues SIG, which received SIG of the Year honors three years in a row, and she won the SIG Member of the Year Award in 2003. She also co-founded the ASIST international paper competition which brought travel grants, ASIST memberships, and publishing opportunities to dozens of information professionals in developing nations.

Besides her children, music, and tennis and golf, Sue’s other great interest was in traveling and seeing the world. Beginning with a memorable trip to Yugoslavia and France as a college freshman, Sue had visited some 33 countries (many more than once) and was on her fifth passport. Perhaps her favorite trips were to Provence in 1994, Paraiba, Brazil in 2004, and the old capitals of Japan in 2005, but, in truth, she really loved meeting and talking with different people just about anywhere.

Many of us in SIG-III have shared our personal reflections about Sue on the ASIS&T wiki.

Posted by Aaron Bowen