Beth Ann Johnson died in 1988 in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. She was a 21-year old student at Seton Hall College, and even at that young age, a great lover of libraries.
Seventeen years later, Johnson's parents are donating $100,000 in her honor toward a new library in the family's hometown of Scottdale, Westmoreland County (PA). They announced the gift at a gathering yesterday at the little library on Pittsburgh Street.
"We do this to honor Beth's memory, and to benefit this town where our family is so firmly rooted," said Carole Johnson, Beth Ann's mother.
"When I was a kid I was here in the library two or three times a week," said Glenn Johnson Jr., Beth's father. "Beth worked at the library when she was in college. Her grandmother was a librarian, too. We've always had a feeling for the place." Story from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette .