Angela I. Holtzman, BA History LAS ’76

Angela I. Holtzman, BA History LAS ’76, passed away on June 27 after a nearly five-year battle with bladder cancer, a battle she never let interfere with her life. She was Anji to her friends and colleagues and virtually everyone else she came in contact with during her 44 years working at the Chicago Public Library.  She started with a summer job in high school and never left, going from clerical to para-professional to full librarian. Her entire career was spent serving the public in the Art Department or Film-Video. She always loved going to work as for her it was not work; it was what she wanted to do. It was only when the physical demands of the job became too difficult did she reluctantly retire on 12-12-12. But even then her service did not end. She did monthly tours of the extensive and little-known art collection at the Harold Washington Library. She continued doing them up until the last few months before her death even though the two hours of walking and talking became increasingly difficult. Her joy and dedication will not be replaced -- a joy and dedication that focused on her work but also carried over to her love of UIC (UICC during her time as a student), serving in many service and voluntary roles over the years both on her own and with her husband, Joseph S. Holtzman, BS Accounting CBA ’68. Both were never far from this university, living across the street for the past 23 years and as season ticket holders for the basketball team (and before that the hockey team as well) for the past 37 years. Her love of learning, of people and of service to others made her a perfect fit for her role as a student and as an active alumAt her request, a memorial celebration of her life was held on Oct. 7 drawing over 150 of her friends, family and former colleagues. Donations in her memory can be made to U of I Foundation for UIC University Library, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago Public Library Foundation or JourneyCare at Rush. For more information:  jsholtzman@msn.com