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January 24, 2006

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Jeanne Price, Tarlton Law Library, (512) 471-7148.

In Memoriam: John Ramington, 1944-2006

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John Ramington

AUSTIN, Texas—John Ramington, evening circulation supervisor at The University of Texas School of Law’s Tarlton Law Library, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006.

“John was a warm and welcoming presence in the Library for more than 20 years; a generation of law students (and faculty and staff) loved and respected John. He will be very much missed,” said Jeanne Price, associate director for patron services, instruction, and research at the Law Library.

Ramington often described himself as the “evening ambassador” of the library. “I operate under the compulsion to be of good cheer and to carry on with my duties as though I were the Prince of Wales,” he said.

“It is hard to imagine Tarlton without John. His knowledge of law library resources and his willingness to help made him an impressive ambassador for Tarlton,” said Professor Roy Mersky, director of the law library. “John was a sensitive man who handled his duties as circulation supervisor with tact, dignity, and elegance. He created a sense of community for law students and endeared himself to a generation of students, faculty, and staff,” Mersky said.

John Richard Ramington worked at Tarlton since June 1982. For five years, from 1972-1976, he worked as a curator of manuscripts at the Humanities Research Center. He also taught the writing of poetry in a program sponsored by the New Orleans Arts Council, and taught English and speech at Paul’s Preparatory School in Covington, Louisiana. In 2003, he was recognized by The University of Texas at Austin for twenty-five years of loyal and devoted service. The University of Texas School of Law gave John two outstanding service awards, in 2000 and 2001. He was recognized as the Law School Employee of the Month in March 1995 and March 2003.

Ramington was a poet and writer of fiction whose writings were published in such magazines as The New Republic, The Paris Review, and the American Review. He won several prizes and distinctions, including two fellowships to the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and a fellowship to the Millay Colony for the Arts in New York. He had completed a novel, which was submitted to an agent, and started work on another novel.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (5909 Reicher Drive). A rosary will be said on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at Cook-Walden (6100 North Lamar).