In Memoriam: Dr. Eva L. Kiewitt, 1927-2011

Written by Robert Sivigny, University Librarian

The Library staff was saddened by the loss of former colleague, Dr. Eva Kiewitt, who passed away February 8, 2011, in Decatur, Indiana. Dr. Kiewitt came to Regent in June of 1981 largely at the instigation of her long-time friend Lois Lehman, who was then dean. She and Dean Lehman contributed in so many ways to Regent University, perhaps the most significant being their assistance with the design and construction of the present Library building, which was dedicated in the fall of 1984. The special collections & archives reading room, on the second floor of the Library, is named the “Lehman and Kiewitt Reading Room” in their honor. Dr. Kiewitt retired in August 1994 as a librarian emeritus. She was active in the Association of Christian Librarians, traveled widely, and served as a library consultant to Christian colleges in developing countries.

She held masters and doctoral degrees in Library and Information Science from Indiana University and worked as a librarian in Indiana, California, Germany, and Virginia. At Indiana University she was for a time in charge of one of the branch libraries and taught in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She was honored with the Emily Russel award from the Association of Christian Librarians in 1997 and with the Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian award from the Association of College and Research Libraries in 1998. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, the Beta Phi Mu international society, and the Phi Lambda Theta fraternity.

Her home church was the Crothersville Immanuel United Church of Christ, and she most recently had been a member of the United Methodist Church in Berne, Indiana.

Friends and colleagues will always remember Dr. Kiewitt’s smile, her professional manner, her wisdom, and her kind spirit. She served as a great role model for all who knew her, professionally and as a Christian. It was a privilege to know her.