"In retrospect, the successful launching of the B.S. degree was the event that did most to establish the enlarged academic foundation on which the college stands today," the school's statement said.
Dr. Garrison's other achievements included renovation of the Rush Building, dedication of the Alumni Garden in 1981, and creation of the Sigma Chapter of Beta Phi Mu at Drexel in 1969.
Dr. Garrison was a life member of the American Library Association. In 1992, he received its Beta Phi Mu Award for distinguished service to library and information science. Beta Phi Mu also started a scholarship in his name that is awarded to an outstanding master's student.
Born in Akron, Ohio, he earned a bachelor's degree in English from Baldwin-Wallace College, a master's degree in information science from Columbia University, and a doctorate in information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He moved to the Philadelphia area in 1968.
In recognition of his service and his contributions to the field of information studies, Drexel conferred upon Dr. Garrison the degree of doctor of humane letters, honoris causa, during its 2011 commencement ceremonies.
In retirement, he served as president of the Friends of Tredyffrin Library and enjoyed travel, gardening, and opera. He was an active member of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, where he established the Guy and Joanne Garrison Book Fund.
Surviving are his wife, the former Joanne Ruth Sergeant; a daughter, Anne; a granddaughter; a brother; a sister; three nieces and three nephews.
The iSchool will host a memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 13, in Behrakis Grand Hall on Drexel's Main Campus. To RSVP, visit www.ischool.drexel.edu and click on the article about Dr. Garrison under "News."
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