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Gerald J. Oppenheimer Fund for the Professional Development of Health Sciences Librarians

The Gerald J. Oppenheimer Fund for the Professional Development of Health Sciences Librarians is an endowed fund that provides access to conferences, training sessions, symposia and other professional development opportunities for Health Sciences Librarians to advance their knowledge. The fund was created in Gerry’s honor through a gift from Nancy Blase, who retired from UW Libraries in 2006.

Gerry Oppenheimer was a leader in the profession of health sciences librarianship and played a key role in improving information access for health professionals across the Pacific Northwest. He worked as a librarian at the Seattle Public Library and a manager of information services at Boeing Scientific Research Laboratories. He later became head of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at the University of Washington Libraries and finally Director of the Health Sciences Library, retiring from this position after 24 years. Gerry was most proud of how the UW Health Sciences Library grew during his tenure, his role in helping to start the Association of Academic Health Services Libraries, and his contributions to the Phi Beta Kappa Society as Executive Secretary, Alpha of Washington and Vice President, Puget Sound Association.