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Byron T. Broderick Libraries Student Employee Endowed Scholarship

Byron Broderick

The purpose of this endowment is to provide assistance to student employees of the University Libraries through the Libraries Student Employee Scholarship Program.  This endowment was established by Lizabeth A. Wilson, Dean of University Libraries, and by her husband, Dean A. Pollack, to honor the generous spirit of their friend Byron T. Broderick (1926-2015).

Byron was born and raised in Iowa.  At age 17, he chose to enlist in the United States Army and served his country with the 75th Infantry Division in Europe during WWII.  After the war he attended the University of Iowa and earned a degree in European History.  Byron moved to New York City after college and lived in his beloved Manhattan for the next 45 years of his life.  He began a career at KLM Airlines and in his job traveled extensively in Africa and Southeast Asia.  In 1966 Byron decided to leave the world of business for a more meaningful endeavor.  He became a teacher at P.S. 161 in Harlem where he taught the 6th-grade.  Byron taught there for 25 years and was recognized as an outstanding educator.  He mentored hundreds of students and inspired them to reach for greatness in their lives.  One of his prize students expressed the impact Byron had upon his life in a TED Blog.   After retirement Byron moved to Chicago to be with family.

Byron once said that after witnessing the horrors of war he vowed to focus on the goodness and the beauty in the world for the rest of his life.  That resolve was evident in his passion for music, opera, ballet, and theatre.  His love of reading and learning and of books and libraries was unbounded.  But it was Byron’s devotion to his friends and family and his compassion for all people that made him special.  These were the hallmarks of this remarkable man and his well-lived life.