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Edward Connery Lathem '51, College librarian and dean of libraries emeritus, dies at age 82

Edward Lathem '51

Edward Connery Lathem '51 (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Edward Connery Lathem '51, librarian, editor, and for nearly 60 years a Dartmouth administrator, died on Friday, May 15, 2009, while working in his office in Webster Hall. He was 82.

Mr. Lathem was most widely known for editorial works in the fields of literature, history, and biography. A close personal friend of Robert Frost, his volume The Poetry of Robert Frost (first published in 1969) constitutes the standard edition of the famous poet's verse.

From 1952 through 1978, Mr. Lathem served on the library staff, ultimately as librarian of the College and dean of libraries. His other roles at the College included serving as counselor to four Dartmouth presidents and directing the Montgomery Endowment.

In accordance with Mr. Lathem's wishes, no funeral or memorial service will be held. Click here to read Mr. Lathem's full obituary.

Last Updated: 1/14/10