Thompson McCall Little ’51

Thompson McCall Little ’51 died on March 2, 2004, in Columbus, Ohio.

Born on February 26, 1930, in Watertown, MA, he prepared for college at Westwood (MA) High School and became a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation cum laude, he was for three years an assistant superintendent with the U.S. Envelope Company in Rockville, CT. He was a trainee with the New York Public Library from 1955 to 1957 and in 1956 received a master of library science degree from Columbia University. He was a social science librarian at Stanford University in California from 1957 to 1962, when he became a librarian at the School of Library Service at Columbia. In 1965, he became associate director of libraries at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, and in 1968, he was appointed director of libraries at Ohio University in Athens. In 1976, he became the associate research director of the Online Computer Library Center, formed in 1967 as a non-profit consortium of academic libraries. He was graduated from the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard University School of Business in 1981. He retired in 1990 as senior vice president for operations of the Online Computer Library Center. He was married in 1955 to Barbara Meade, who predeceased him. He is survived by his second wife, Joan Harpst Little; three daughters, Allison Little, Sherwin Little, and Jennifer L. Hubbard; two stepsons, John Harpst and Bryan Harpst; a stepdaughter, Dawn L. Peters; a brother, Forbes Little of Cambridge, MA; and seven grandchildren.