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Mourning the passing of librarian emerita Gertrude Elizabeth Gunn

Author: Communications Office

Posted on Mar 21, 2019

Category: News and Notices

Please join me in offering condolences to family and friends of librarian emerita Dr. Gertrude Elizabeth Gunn (PhD'59), who passed away on March 18 in Gagetown. She was 95.

Dr. Gunn served as UNB’s head librarian for 23 years. She attended the university as an undergraduate and graduate student, graduating with a BA in 1955 and an MA the following year. In 1956, she received a Beaverbrook scholarship, which led her to the Kings College, University of London.

Before studying at UNB, Dr. Gunn spent many years in the newspaper industry and worked for the department of national defence in Moncton. She retired from UNB in 1982 and was named librarian emerita in 1983.

Dr. Gunn had a deep love for history and writing. Many will remember her for leading the transformation of the UNB library into a well-respected and nationally recognized research facility. One of her greatest achievements was making UNB one of the first Canadian university campuses to be served by an online catalogue, simplifying research processes for both students, faculty and staff.

Not only was Dr. Gunn admired for her strength, loyalty and resilient work ethic, she was also known for her intelligence, warmth and wit. A delightful role model for many on campus, Dr. Gunn always maintained a good sense of humour and had the confidence to never take herself too seriously, even in the most serious situations. 

A funeral service was held on Thursday, March 21. Condolences can be made online.

Flags were lowered on both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. Gertrude will be deeply missed.


Eddy Campbell

President and Vice-Chancellor 

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