Sad news about SILS alumna, Ruth Monroe Eggleston Cannon

August 8, 2012

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) regrets to report the sad news of the passing of alumna, Ruth Monroe Eggleston Cannon (BSLS '52) who died Friday, July 27, 2012 at The Colonnades in Charlottesville, VA after a battle with cancer. She was a founding member and the first president (1966-1967) of the Virginia Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (VASLA).

The news of Mrs. Cannons' passing was shared by her niece, Suzanne Lovejoy (MSLS '90), interim music librarian at the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library at Yale University Library. "Ruth was my much-loved aunt, and mentor as well," said Lovejoy. "I followed her at UNC-SILS, class of 1990, and into librarianship. Ruth was an energetic and independent woman, and a wonderful aunt--next best thing to a fairy godmother." 

According to the obituary in The Richmond Times Dispatch, Mrs. Cannons "was born August 8, 1923 in Campbell County to Samuel D. and Ruth O. Monroe Eggleston. Ruth graduated from Montreat Normal School in North Carolina. She served in the United States Navy (WAVES) from 1943-1945, Yeoman Second Class. She graduated from Longwood College in Virginia and from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she earned a degree in Library Science.

"Ruth worked for Richmond Public Library, U.S. Military at Fort Lee, and U.S. Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond. She lived in Williamsburg, Virginia, with her husband, Carl F. Cannon. They were active members of Saint Martin's Episcopal Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; her brother, Sam D. Eggleston Jr. of Lovingston, Virginia; and her great-niece, Sarah W. Lovejoy of Fairfield, Connecticut. She is survived by her brother, David Q. Eggleston III of Salem, Virginia; her stepdaughter, Anne C. Atwell and her son, Nathan Doran, of Midlothian, Virginia; seven nieces and nephews, Suzanne E. Lovejoy, Sam D. Eggleston III, John W. Eggleston III, Richard W. Eggleston, Michael D. Eggleston, Sally C. Eggleston and David Q. Eggleston IV; and nine great-nieces and nephews.

"Ruth enjoyed photography and loved to share the pictures she took from her many travels. She also enjoyed gardening, birding and photographing wild flowers. Ruth loved the mountains of Virginia and family gatherings at the Fork Mountain house in Montebello, where she delighted in arguing with her brothers, playing Bridge and bossing her nieces and nephews."