Syracuse, NY (July 12, 2001) — Morris H. Bergreen, a Director of Gaylord Bros., died unexpectedly on Monday, July 9th in New York City. Mr. Bergreen was 83 years old.
Long-time business partner and co-trustee, Martin Blackman, said “Morris Bergreen was a visionary and a philanthropist. His dedication to libraries and library users was born of a keen interest in teaching, education and literacy.” Mr. Blackman has long been involved in the Gaylord Bros. business and recently participated in the American Library Association conference in San Francisco.
“Morris Bergreen was an eager advocate for and supporter of libraries,” said Ron Beckman, president and CEO of Gaylord. “As we mourn his loss, we also celebrate the legacy which he and the Bergreen and Blackman families continue.”
“Morris Bergreen was intensely interested in the library community and our role in meeting the needs of that community,” said Katherine Blauer, president of Gaylord Information Systems (GIS), a division of Gaylord Bros., Inc. “He was the founder of GIS, and avidly followed our progress to deliver new and better products to the market, seeing GIS through a quarter of a century and several generations of library automation.” “As we continue to go about our day-to-day business, his spirit and vision will endure,” Blauer added.
Located in Syracuse, NY, Gaylord Bros. has served as a leading supplier to libraries throughout the United States and the world for over 100 years. As the "Trusted Source", Gaylord provides full lines of library supplies, equipment, furniture, and systems for public, academic, school, government, and special libraries.
Gaylord Information Systems is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the 26-year-old software development division of Gaylord Bros. More than 600 libraries nationwide use the GALAXY and Polaris integrated library systems. In addition to its library automation systems, GIS offers workflow analysis, retrospective conversion and database enhancement services to libraries of all types. Thirty percent of GIS staff are professional librarians, including GIS President Katherine Blauer.