Dr. Elizabeth Wenger Stone died March 6, 2002 at the age of 83 after a distinguished career as a library educator and leader. Dr. Stone was the Dean of the School of Library and Information Science at Catholic University of America (CUA) until she retired in 1983. She was president of the American Library Association from 1981-1982 when a library stamp was issued and the national highway logo for libraries was introduced. She was president of DCLA from 1966-1967 when membership rose to an unsurpassed 1,018 members. She was president of the Washington D.C. Chapter of Special Libraries Association (SLA) from 1972-1973. She was president of the Association of American Library Schools in 1974 and co-chair and project manager of the First World Conference on Continuing Education for the Library and Information Science Professions Professional Education of IFLA.
She was an enthusiastic advocate of continuing education and a champion of libraries and librarians. The Joint Spring Workshop which several library associations in the Washington metropolitan area sponsor each year sprang from something she started at Catholic University. From 1975 to 1979, she served as the Executive Director of the Continuing Library Education Network Exchange (CLENE) and was one of its founders. She was also a founder, in 1977, of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) and served as Project Manager from 1977 to 1983.
Dr. Stone was the first recipient of the DCLA Ainsworth Rand Spofford President's Award in 1990 for outstanding contributions to library service in the Washington metropolitan area. She received the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Service to Catholic University (1982), the Joseph W. Lippincott Award for Notable Achievement in Librarianship (1986), the SLA Professional Award (1988), and the CUA Alumni Achievement Award in the field of library science (1990). The Beta Phi Mu award in 1998 recognized her distinguished service to education for librarianship. The SLA Rose Vormelker Award in 2000 recognized her excellence in mentoring students and members of the profession. Also in 2000, she was selected for the ALA/ALTA National Advocacy Honor Roll for DC. She was an honorary member of DCLA (1994), ALA (1986), and the Catholic Library Association (1984). She was the 1980 Mother of the Year for the District of Columbia and she was one of the first women to be accepted as a member of the prestigious Cosmos Club.
Her memorial service at the National Presbyterian Church on March 12, 2002 was well-attended by former library school students, colleagues, and friends. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Elizabeth Stone Scholarship Fund, The School of Library and Information Science, The Catholic University of America, 401 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, 20064 and/or the National Presbyterian Library and Archives Fund, The National Presbyterian Church Center, 4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016.