November 26, 2018 -- We're saddened to share news of the recent death of Bridget Gazzo, longtime librarian at Dumbarton Oaks and a former HAPI volunteer indexer.
Dumbarton Oaks' Colin McEwan shared the following: "Bridget passed away peacefully at home early on the morning of Saturday, November 3rd surrounded by her family and friends. She had served as the Librarian for Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks since 1987, working closely with all seven Directors of Pre-Columbian Studies (including the two interims). Successive generations of Fellows and Readers grew to appreciate her assiduous efforts to build the library into a truly outstanding specialized collection and an enduring asset supporting research in the field. Among many achievements, she successfully managed the transition of the Library to a centralized collection with intelligence, good will and an uncommon generosity of spirit. Her absence will be felt profoundly by all who have known and worked with her."
More on the history of the Pre-Columbian collection and Bridget's work at Dumbarton Oaks can be found in the transcription of her 2013 oral history interview.
In addition to her professional achievements, Bridget will be remembered for her contagious smile and the remarkable depth of her positive energy. She will be greatly missed.