Martha Pattillo Siv - Master's: Information Sciences, 1970

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Martha Patillo Siv



I grew up in Pampa, in the Texas Panhandle. From childhood I read 100 books each summer. My dream was to live in Paris, and to see the world. My first big step was my Plan II education at UT, with a major in French.

My next major milestone was completing my Master’s in Library and Information Science at UT. Thanks to the skills and confidence provided by my UT Graduate School experience and blessed with my MLIS, I was really ready for the world.

I was always able to find fascinating jobs in the library and information field in international organizations: Washington DC, Paris, Bangkok, New York City. In New York City I met my husband, Sichan Siv, originally from Cambodia. His extraordinary life took us to Washington DC where he worked in the White House. We returned to New York when he became a US Ambassador to the United Nations. I continued to enjoy my career as a Senior Information Officer at the United Nations and the World Bank.

Now we are blissfully at home in San Antonio. See more about our life in his memoir: Golden Bones–An Extraordinary Journey from the Killing Fields in Cambodia to a New Life in America and on his website: www.sichansiv.com.

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