It is with great sadness that the Educational Book & Media Association has lost its visionary leader, Marilyn Abel. For the first 35 years since inception in 1975, Marilyn guided the Association in providing one of the most important and unique opportunities of bringing together publishers and wholesalers/distributors of books and related materials to schools and libraries. In 2005 the Association established the Marilyn Abel Award in honor of her long-term contributions and support in furthering the goals and growth of the Association. Upon her retirement from the Association in 2009, Marilyn requested the $2,500 annual award be contributed to the National Coalition Against Censorship. It is our honor to continue this award in Marilyn's memory.
As a member of the Board of Directors of EBMA, and now President, I've always asked "What would Marilyn do?" I think for those of us who were so very lucky to know and work with Marilyn would agree, she was truly special and we will continue to ask "What would Marilyn do?" As I'm sure you would agree, without Marilyn's vision and leadership, EBMA would not be the success it is today.
The following is the information that has been passed on to me:
The funeral will take place Saturday, April 13th at 11:30 am at the Most Holy Trinity Church, 57 Buell Lane, East Hampton, NY (631 324 0134)
Please do not send flowers at the family's request. Make donations to the Marilyn Abel Award Fund at the National Coalition Against Censorship, 19 Fulton Street, Suite 407, New York, NY 10038, 212 807 6222
Condolences may be sent to her sister -- Anne Marie Searer, 2125 Carey Way, Hummelstown, PA 17036
I ask that each of you say a prayer in your own, personal, way for Marilyn and her family and friends.
The National Coalition Against Censorship sent a kind letter of condolence to EBMA in honor of Marilyn, click here to read the letter.