Memorial service for Priscilla Mayden

Todd Vandenbark

Priscilla Maltby Mayden portraitA service honoring Priscilla’s memory will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm at First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, 569 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT. An obituary for Ms. Mayden was recently posted on the Salt Lake Tribune website.

As noted in an earlier blog post, Priscilla Mayden was the first director of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library here at the University of Utah. When the current library staff learned of Ms. Mayden’s passing, Joan Stoddart, our Deputy Director, shared some interesting tidbits she’d gleaned from interviews with Ms. Mayden as part of the Everett L. Cooley Oral History Project. One amusing story was about Ms. Mayden’s time working as a “Rosie the Riveter.” Apparently, she was the best in the factory at the assembly work she did, but because of the era in which she lived, they would not give her a promotion to supervisor with accompanying pay raise. Eventually, she got fed up with having men promoted to supervise her that couldn’t do the job as well. So she marched into the office and demanded a promotion and a raise, and got it! Unfortunately, the men at that time didn’t appreciate having a woman as a supervisor, and gave her no end of grief.

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