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There's barely an honor that Norman Horrocks didn't receive in a long career in the library world, and they were well deserved. Born in England in 1927, Horrocks, who died yesterday, served in British intelligence in World War II and made fascinating connections between librarianship and intelligence work.
He was a librarian on three continents and in four countries, Australia, England, the United States, and Canada. He is the only librarian to receive honorary membership in the U.S., Canadian, and British library associations.
A longtime contributor to Library Journal, Horrocks was a professor emeritus at the Dalhousie School of Library and Information Science, where he had had been Dean, and former editorial director of Scarecrow Press.
He was a stalwart and active member of both the Canadian and American library associations, a member of the ALA council, and a noted parliamentarian.
In bestowing the prestigious Lippincott Award on him in 1995, the ALA award committee cited "his caring, committed dedication to librarianship and...his unfailing wit and humor."
In 2006 he received the highest honor awarded to a Canadian civilian, the Order of Canada. Dalhousie established the Horrocks National Leadership Fund in his name in 2007.
We at LJ are grateful to have had him as a mentor, fount of knowledge, dinner companion, and friend.