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August 22, 2013

Remembering Frank

Gift to library honors former employee's dedication

An employee of the Newburyport Public Library during the 1930s was honored yesterday by library officials and leaders of the Friends of the Library.

The work of Frank Kelleher, who was a janitorial employee at the State Street facility for more than two decades in the era of the Depression, was formally recognized by Cynthia Dadd, head librarian, and Amantha Moore, president of the Friends of the Library.

The Kelleher family has donated a triptych to the library, which will be hung on a wall in the Archival Center. A triptych is a display in three pieces, and this unit recognizes the work of Frank Kelleher, through photographs and text.

The triptych is a gift from Frank’s son, David Kelleher, a graduate of Newburyport High School, Class of ‘54, and a retired state administrator who now lives in California. Yesterday, David Kelleher hosted about two dozen family members and Friends of the Library at the afternoon presentation.

“My father believed in education, and did much good work for the library,” Kelleher said. “I was too young to have known it then, but this presentation will recognize his work.”

It was said that Frank Kelleher was instrumental in cleaning out the basement of the original library, and preparing it for the day when it would become the Archival Center.

Jessica Gill, who heads the Archival Center now, helped gather documents showing Frank Kelleher’s good works. Much of her research was found in editions of The Daily News published in 1938, she said.

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