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Memoir

Wallace J. Bonk
Regents' Proceedings 433

It is with deep regret that the Regents learned of the death of Wallace J. Bonk, Professor of Library Science, on July 18, 1979, at the age of 56.

Professor Bonk was born on March 13, 1923 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota, receiving his B.A. (magna cum laude) in 1947 and his M.A. in English in 1949. His professional career began as an assistant professor of English at East Texas State University where he taught from 1949 until 1952.In 1952, he entered the A.M.L.S. degree program at The University of Michigan while holding a library fellowship in the University Catalog Department. Continuing to hold his position in the Catalog Department, he moved directly into the doctoral program upon completion of his master's degree requirements in 1954. He was awarded the Ph.D. degree in 1956.

In 1956, he joined the faculty of The University of Michigan and moved rapidly through the academic ranks from instructor to professor, the latter promotion coming in 1966. In 1964, he succeeded Rudolph H. Gjelsness to the chairmanship of the Department (now School) of Library Science. After suffering a heart attack in 1967, he returned to teaching. In 1975, Professor Bonk began a medical leave, which continued until the date of his death.

Of his several publications, Building Library Collections, which he coauthored with Mary Duncan Carter in 1959, brought Professor Bonk's name to the attention of librarians and publishers throughout the world. Now in its 5th edition, this volume has served to acquaint thousands of students with the principles of the selection, acquisition and maintenance of library collections. Reference work, bibliography, and history of printing and publishing were his other major areas of research and publication.

The Regents join his colleagues in the School of Library Science and former students around the world in extending deepest sympathies to his family.