Whenever I was around people from the New York Public Library–during library school coursework, an internship, and some special volunteer work–the name of Brooke Astor often came up with reverence and respect.

Mrs. Astor firmly believed in the library and spent vast quantities of time and effort shoring it up and seeing it’s development into the 21st century.

Today, Monday August 13, 2007, Mrs. Astor passed away and NYPL and the library community has lost a patron–in every sense of the word.