The Thea Marie Garfield Fund was created in 2006 through a gift from the Eugene Garfield Foundation, and supports acquisitions in all disciplines and formats. It was established in memory of Thea Marie Garfield, daughter of Eugene Garfield, who excelled as a student at Swarthmore High School, and had a special love of reading. The fund also serves to honor the friendship Dr. Garfield shared with Martin Meyerson, former President of the University.
Eugene Garfield, GR'61 has been a long-time friend of Penn Libraries, serving on the Board of Overseers since 1992. He is founder and Chair Emeritus of the Institute for Scientific Information, now a division of Thomson Reuters. A leading figure in information science, Dr. Garfield received his Ph.D. in Structural Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961. He also holds a Master's in Library Science and Bachelor's in Chemistry from Columbia University. Dr. Garfield is President and founding editor of The Scientist Magazine, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Information Science and the journal Scientometrics. He is a past-president of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and has served as Adjunct Professor in Penn's department of Computer and Information Sciences.
In addition to his collection endowment fund, Dr. Garfield has provided support to Penn Libraries through the Marian Anderson Memorial Fund, the Medical School Library Resource Fund, and through the gift of a valuable mural by Jennifer Bartlett entitled In the Garden, which is on display in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Most recently, Dr. Garfield established the Eugene Garfield Minority Residency in Science Librarianship. This residency will provide a two-year salaried librarian position to a recent minority graduate of a master of library and information science program.