Marian Carol Winner

  • Born: June 29, 1929
  • Died: April 5, 2018
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel

232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tel. (843) 723.2524

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Marian by adding your memories and photos.

Marian Winner, 88 passed away in her sleep on April 5, 2018. She is survived by her son Kevin and her daughter Karen. Marian grew up on a farm in Lyons, Ohio and went on to become the director of the Science Library at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After retiring from her position at Miami she took on the challenge of becoming the Library Director for Northern Kentucky University until her final retirement at the age of 70. She then decided to move to Charleston to live out her retirement years, fiercely independent, as always, until she was overcome with sickness.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Services will be held Monday April 16, 2018 in First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 at 10:00 a.m. Entombment will follow in Live Oak Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel, 232 Calhoun Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Garden Club of Charleston, P.O.Box 20652, Charleston, SC 29413 or the MUSC Foundation, 18 Beet Street, MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425 or Amedisys Hospice, 1027 Physicians Drive, #240, Charleston, SC 29414.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Tennessee Williams observed that Life is partly what we make of it, and partly what it is by the friends we choose. Marian and I have been friends for 40-years and without a doubt her friendship brightened my life and others as well. She was active throughout her career in academic libraries in Ohio and Kentucky and in related state and national professional organizations. In the decades before the Internet when ownership of printed resources was paramount to the success of academic programs, libraries and those that managed them were critical in developing local collections for use by their institutions faculty and students for study and research. A willingness to share library resources with other libraries was the leading factor in laying the groundwork for what became known as library automation. Marian was generous in sharing her librarys rich intellectual resources. As director of the Science Library at Miami University of Ohio, a well-respected teaching and research university with Ph.D. programs in biology, chemistry and physics, Marian was responsible for all aspects of her librarys operations including purchasing materials and providing assistance in their use to a bevy of faculty and graduate students . Later, as director at Western Kentucky University, she built a new library which was a huge, all-encompassing, multi-year project requiring tremendous powers of prolonged concentration. Her technical, organizational and political skills, along with a continual pouring over blueprints, catching architectural problems and suggesting changes, assured that the final product was a well-laid out, functioning library building. After retirement, Marian was invited to teach library management at Pratt Institutes Graduate School of Information and Library Science in Manhattan. The friends that she made during her time in New York remained in contact with her for years after her settling in Charleston.

Marians quiet, unassuming manner was not inconsistent with her living a full, productive life. As a leader, her journey was not what one could term smooth-going, but she unfailingly responded to setbacks and challenges with grace and forbearance. They only served to make her stronger.

I knew Marian as a consistently wise, trusted friend and confidant. Her friendship enriched my life and for that I give thanks. I will miss her.

Posted by Larry Kroah - Levittown, PA - friend   April 14, 2018

I took two classes from Ms. Winner while working on my MLS at UK's program on the NKU campus. I was just telling a colleague earlier this week how much I enjoyed her classes and learned from them. I know she touched the lives of many librarians in Ohio and Kentucky in her role as an educator. I consider my career success a testament to her teaching skills as I am now also a library director. I was sorry to hear of Ms. Winner's passing today and send my condolences to her family.

Posted by Krista McDonald - Hamilton, OH - Student   April 11, 2018

I worked with Marian at Miami Univ. plus she was one of my instructors at Indiana Univ-Richmond when working on my MLS. We all commented after one of her multiple essay question exams; the hand was numb and that numbness was spreading up to the shoulders due to all the writing! Marian was always supportive & helpful, both as an instructor & a colleague.

Posted by Karen Clift - Oxford, OH - Coworker   April 11, 2018

I was just telling a colleague earlier this week how much I enjoyed taking classes from Ms. Winner in the UK MLS program offered at the NKU campus. I consider my career success a testament to her teaching as I am now an academic library director myself. I know that she touched the careers of many librarians over the years. I'm sorry to hear of her passing and send my condolences to her family.

Posted by Krista McDonald - Hamilton, OH   April 11, 2018

I will miss my dear friend

Posted by Charlie Mays - Charleston, SC   April 09, 2018

Karen and Kevin,

Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Love, Pat and Ray

Posted by A friend   April 08, 2018

Will never forget our hallway hugs and sharing Derby Day. Will miss her smile and spirit. An amazing woman.

Posted by Sam Olivier - Charleston, SC   April 08, 2018

Marian was a true child of God.
She kept her faith through all she was going through .
My prayers are with the children and Genny.

Posted by Betty Robinson - N Charleston, SC - friend   April 07, 2018

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