Sandra Arlene River (Sandy), a long time Texas Tech University librarian and past president of the Faculty Senate, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the age of 62. She was born on February 22, 1950 in Lakeville, Minnesota to the late Walt and Eunice River. Her education includes a B.A. in Political Science from Mankato State University (1972), an A.A. (Legal Assistant) from North Hennepin Community College (1976), an M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Texas (1990) and an M.A. in Philosophy from Texas Tech University (1993). Sandy moved to Lubbock and began working at Texas Tech University Libraries in 1977. Throughout the years, she worked as head of Current Periodicals/Microforms, acting head of Acquisitions, Information Services Librarian, and liaison for English, Philosophy, and Women's Studies. Since 2003, Sandy was the Public Services Librarian in the Architecture Library.
Sandy was active in professional organizations at the state and national level. Her honors include the Association of College and Research Libraries Women's Studies Section Career Achievement Award in 2007. She was selected as a Texas Library Association Tall Texan (Texas Accelerated Library Leadership Institute) in 1998. Sandy had a distinguished career of service to Texas Tech. She was active in the Women's Studies Council and Advisory Committee; she served in the Faculty Senate (1995-1998, 2007-2012), including terms as President and Parliamentarian. She was recently elected as Faculty Senate Secretary for 2012-2013.
She is survived by her partner of 15 years, Brian Quinn of Lubbock and her brother Walt River of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Memorial services will be 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2012 at Hance Chapel on the Texas Tech University Campus.