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Children's Librarian Dies At 64

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AA Ma 1 j i I ( 7 i Miss Sarita Davis, 64, the li1 b.rarian at University School I si nee 1930 and an internationalI prominent specialist in the I field of children's books, died I shortly after arriving at work I albout 9 a.m. today. Miss Davis collapsed while I talltíng with a student at UniI versity School. She was taken I to TJniversity Hospital where she I was pronounced dead on arrival I of an apparent heart attack. University School Director I Robert S. Fox this morning deI scribed Miss Davis as "one of I the best children's librarians in I the country," adding that "her H knowledge of children's books f and her ability to relate them to I children's interests was exceedI ed by no one." Miss Davis' home was at 914 I Vaughn. In addition to her posi1 tion as University School libraI rian she was an assistant proI fessor in the U-M School of Edu catión. She had planned to rej tire at the end of the current I school year. Her service on various national I and international agencies concerned with children's books, and the peace movement, in cluded the chairmanship since 1964 of the Jane Addams Childrens Book Award Committee. The committee is a part of the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom. Last August, Miss Davi5 presented the committee's annual award to Danish author Erik C. Haugaard for his book, "The Little Fishes." She an active supporter of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and Children's Fund, and was also active in the First Methodist Churcfi of Ann Arbor. She took a leading role in organizing the yearlong human rights observance and Human Rights Day last winter at University School. Miss Davis was born April 10, 1905, in Davisburg, Mich. She was graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 19123, reI ceived a BA from the U-M in I 1927, a BA in Library science I from the U-M in 1930, aiid an j 1 MA in library science from the U-M in 1941. ï Prior to joining the U-M facI ulty, she taught Latin from , 1927 to 1929 at Patton Hall, a private school for girls, in Romeo, Mich. I I She is survived by a sister, I Mrs. Alene Nevel of Munising. I Funeral arrangements were I incomplete late this morning.