Today, in the Denver Post (and many other newspapers around the country, the news was carried that Judith Krug, Director of the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom, died over the weekend after a year-long battle with stomach cancer.
I didn't always agree with her. More than once, I found her public positions harsh and divisive. I thought there might be a better way to make the library point without polarizing the debate.
But I never doubted her deep and genuine passion for one of my profession's core values -- the freedom from censorship. Her contributions to the cause have been many, stretching over 40+ years. She made a difference in an area where it mattered. She served the profession.
Well done, Judith Krug. Very well done indeed.