Albert Valentine Mate
His many friends at Concordia were sorry to hear of the death on Dec.
20 of former Director of Libraries Al Mate.
Al received his BA in English literature and history from the University
of Western Ontario, and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan.
He also earned diplomas from the Banff School of Management, Carleton
University, University of Maryland, McGill University and the Université
Al spent almost 30 years with the University of Windsor Library, including
five years, 1980 to 1985, as University Librarian.
He then came to Concordia, where he served as Director of Libraries until
1990, when he took early retirement due to ill health.
Al influenced the development of Concordias libraries in a number
of ways but perhaps the two most visible were improved communication between
the librarys senior management and staff, and the development and
improvement of library space. He was central to the planning for the Webster
Library in the McConnell Building and the review and redevelopment of
the Vanier Library at Loyola.
He was also an accomplished violist and an active member of a number of
professional and amateur orchestral groups in the Windsor-Detroit area.
Upon hearing of Als death, Professor Frank Chalk, who was chair
of the Concordia University Library Committee during Als tenure
as director, said, Al Mate was one of those library directors you
could always count on to have his priorities right. Whenever the crunch
came, he put the good of students, faculty and librarians ahead of his
personal welfare and career opportunities.
Cultured, widely read, serious about music, he represented the highest
traditions of librarianship at Concordia University. He will be mourned
by many faculty members at Concordia who valued his courage, his grit,
and his professionalism.
Al is survived by his wife of 33 years, Eileen Mate, to whom we extended
our profound sympathies.
Donations may be made in Als name to the Healthy Heart Program,
Saint Pauls Hospital Foundation, Suite 164, 1081 Burrard Street,
Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 1Y6. Condolences can be sent to Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org.