In Memoriam

With great sadness, the Trustees of the Piermont Library note the loss of four of their colleagues and friends, Miriam Rapport, who died on May 26, 2009, Martin Gorosh, who died on June 3, 2009, S. Hazard Gillespie who died in March 2011, and Grace Buhl Meyer who died on July 3, 2016.

In Memoriam: Miriam Rapport »

Almost from the moment that she moved into Piermont in the early 1990s, Miriam was a stalwart supporter of the library, serving as president of the Friends of the Library and then as trustee, president, and vice-president of the Library Board. Her tireless efforts and enthusiasm were major factors in making real our hopes and plans for a new library building. The vital and beautiful Piermont Public Library–now a centerpiece of our community–is her living legacy.

In Memoriam: Dr. Martin Gorosh »

The Piermont Public Library lost a friend and key member of its board with the passing of Martin Gorosh in June. Dr. Gorosh was a Professor Emeritas at Columbia following a career of major contributions in international and academic public health.

A longtime resident of Piermont, one of Martin's passions was the Piermont Public Library, and as a board member for 25 years, and chairman of the building committee, he shepherded the new library building to its recent completion. His wife, Virginia of Piermont and the family have requested that for anyone who wishes, contributions can be made in the name of Martin Gorosh to the Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont, NY 10968.

In Memoriam - S. Hazard Gillespie »

The Piermont Library board members, personnel, and friends mourn the death at age 100 of distinguished former trustee, S. Hazard Gillespie.

When, after fifteen years of service, Hazard stepped down from the Library Board in December 2008, he was 98. While on the Board, he rarely missed a meeting and contributed to all board activities with insight, humor, and enthusiasm. His most significant contribution to the library, however, was to help create and shepherd through the New York State Legislature, the bill that established the Piermont Library District and was crucial to financing the new library building.

As a nationally prominent lawyer, Hazard served as United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, argued important cases before the United States Supreme Court, and maintained his longtime association with the law firm Davis, Polk, and Wardell way into his 90s.

We were indeed fortunate to have had him as a colleague and friend.

There will be a memorial service on March 30, 2011 at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City.

In Memoriam: Grace Buhl Meyer »

Grace Meyer 1970

1970, Grace at a library event

The library staff and board of trustees are sad to learn of the passing at age 79 of Grace Buhl Meyer who served as Piermont Public Library’s Director for 35 years, retiring in 2004.

Grace was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan in 1937. By 1969 she had taken up her post as Director of Piermont Public Library in its former Hudson Terrace location. In lieu of a salary, she received residency in the apartment above the library, where she lived for seven years. During this time Grace completed her undergraduate degree in Botany and English at Columbia University, then went on to receive her graduate degree in Library Science, also from Columbia, in 1974. Library lore has it that a "cat ladder" hung from a window in the upstairs apartment by which Grace's cats could explore the library and the village as they desired.

Grace Meyer 1979

Journal News, 1979, Grace posing beside a library exhibit

A dedicated and diligent librarian, Grace truly enjoyed working with the public and taking the time to get to know her patrons. Longtime Piermonters often share fond memories of visiting Grace in the library as children or receiving research help as they pursued higher education. She creatively incorporated her love of Piermont environs with her library work by creating the Beachcomber Book Club, a unique summer reading program during which children would receive shells Grace had collected from the edge of the water as their reward for reading. Each week the children would look forward to receiving a bigger shell for reading more books. She also enjoyed pulling out the film projector and offering the community a weekly movie.

She demonstrated her dedication to the profession of librarianship as an active member of the Library Association of Rockland County for many years. After her retirement she continued to be an enthusiastic supporter of Piermont's library and was a faithful attendee of its many art openings and other events. In her spare time, she enjoyed square dancing and visiting friends on Martha's Vineyard.

Grace Meyer 2009

Grace with Library Director, Jessica Bowen, at the 2009 Gift of Art Show

Grace Meyer 2005

Grace with Tom Chapin and her successor, Victoria Lees, at the groundbreaking of the new library in 2005

Grace Meyer 1975

Journal News, 1975, Grace participating in environmental work

Grace’s contributions to Piermont extended beyond her work in the library to tireless environmental advocacy. In 1974 she helped to develop the Piermont Conservation Advisory Commission (CAC), the first CAC in Rockland County, and served on the Village Board from 1979—1982. County Executive Ed Day presented her with the 18th Annual County Executive’s Outstanding Environmental Volunteer Award in April 2015.

They say the heart of every community is its library and the heart of every library is its librarian. Grace Meyer improved the lives of countless Piermont residents both directly through her work at the library and indirectly by preserving the environment in which they live, securing her place at the heart of Piermont for generations to come.

Background information provided by Piermont Newsletter, Number 2, 2015 written by Carolyn Doyle; by friend, Alexis Starke; and from a biography written in 1990.

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