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Betsy Ann Olive Betsy Ann Olive, daughter of B. Ray Olive and Virginia Wood Olive, died June 12, 2009. Born in Fuquay Springs, NC on June 9, 1923, she was the beloved sister of Billy B. Olive, of Durham, NC; Charlotte Olive Hallberg, of Rock Hill, SC; Patsy Olive Payne of Matthews, NC; and John W. Olive and Julian G. Olive (both deceased); and sister in law of Eve Olive, Martha Olive, and Russ Hallberg.Miss Olive graduated as Valedictorian from Hope Valley High School in Durham, following which she received her B.A. from Duke University in 1945 and a degree in Library Science from UNC in 1949. After a decade of working in the banking industry in New York City, in the furniture and design industry, and in the Government Documents section of UNC Libraries, she joined Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she became the first female faculty member of Cornell's business school. She lived in Ithaca for the next 35 years, serving as librarian and, from 1966 forward, as head librarian of what now is called The Johnson School at Cornell University. During these decades she also was a consultant to several college and university business collections, and taught not only at Cornell but also at Syracuse University and at the University of Maryland. Miss Olive was instrumental in building overseas business administration libraries at the University of Indonesia in Djakarta; American University in Beirut, Lebanon; the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey; and a specialized collection on ports and customs administration for Bahrain. Throughout her career, she authored, co-authored, and bibliographed a wide variety of scholarly articles, books and other publications on information sources relating to business management and public administration. Her best known reference books were Executive Guide to Business Management: a Guide to Information Sources, and the Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources.After retiring in 1988, Miss Olive returned to North Carolina, where she lived in Wilmington and continued to be active in church and community work. She was a friend to the New Hanover County Library and raised over $1.2 million as a member of the founding committee for the building of the Northeast Branch of the New Hanover County Library. She was a Sunday School teacher at Windermere Presbyterian Church. She served as an officer of her community homeowners' association. She edited and proofread teaching materials for a local company. She had begun serving as an editor for a thesis in furniture design authored by one of her great nephews, shortly before her death.Miss Olive lived a full life and was a consummate traveler and adventurer, visiting both Russia and China in the very early days of those countries opening to tourism. She leaves behind not only her surviving brother and sisters and their spouses, but also eleven surviving nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren, and a host of friends in Wilmington, Ithaca, Durham, and around the world. She provided a warm and caring heart center and a source of wise counsel to her beloved family, extended family and friends.For those who wish to make memorial gifts, the family suggests any of three charities: The Library Foundation of New Hanover County; the Music-Organ Pipe Fund, Windermere Presbyterian Church, Wilmington; or The Johnson School, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850, where there is an established Betsy Ann Olive Book Fund.A memorial service will be held at Windermere Presbyterian Church at 11:00 am, Monday, June 15, 2009 by Rev. Roland Banks. Burial will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, NC at a later date. The family will receive friends following the service.

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