Mary Iber, Cornell’s archivist and consulting librarian for natural sciences and kinesiology, died Jan. 2. She was 64.
Iber earned her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and her master’s degree from the University of Iowa. She began working at the Russell D. Cole Library at Cornell College in 2000, and in 2013 earned the rank of full professor.
She was known for helping faculty and students find the answers to their science questions, and acting as a mentor and advisor to students. From 2001 to 2010, she also taught courses as an adjunct instructor at the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science. At the time of her death she was part of a statewide team uncovering the participation of Iowans in civil rights issues in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom March (see article beginning on page 28).
She is survived by her longtime partner, John Lediaev, a son, two grandchildren, 11 siblings, and 13 nieces and nephews.