Roslyn Perper Holdzkom

July 14, 2013 

Surrounded by the love and care of her family and friends, Roslyn P. Holdzkom died at her home in Chapel Hill on July 12, 2013. Lynn was born in Brooklyn, NY, on December 15, 1946, the daughter of Robert and Bebe (Starr) Perper. When she was six, her family moved to East Meadow, Long Island, where the family grew by one with the addition of her brother Michael. Educated in the public schools of Long Island, Lynn began her university career at Queens College, City University of New York; she continued her studies at the University of Washington, from which she graduated in 1974. She married her husband David in November 1972, and they soon moved to Algeria, where they both taught at the University of Constantine.

Returning to the U.S. in 1976, Lynn and David settled in Washington, DC, where their son Nicholas was born. A series of moves over the next decade brought them to Chapel Hill, in 1985. Here, Lynn enrolled at the UNC School of Information and Library Science, earning an MLS degree in 1989. She worked as an archivist and technical services librarian at the Manuscripts Department of UNC’s Wilson Library for most of her professional career, except for a one-year period when she was University Archivist at the University of Washington. Before her retirement in March 2013, Lynn was the Head of Special Collections Technical Services in the Wilson Library. She was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists in 2013.

Lynn is survived by her husband David, by her son and daughter-in-law Nicholas and Elizabeth Holdzkom of Pittsburgh, PA, by her brother Michael Perper and his wife Donna of East Meadow, NY, and her niece Jamie and husband Adam Sharpe of Cary and her nephew Robert and wife Jayme of Merrick, NY. She leaves many friends who will cherish her memory and who provided many thoughtful kindnesses during her lifetime and during her last illness. Especially among these are Lynn’s dear friends Lisa Tolbert of Greensboro, and Jan Paris of Chapel Hill.

The family wishes to thank and acknowledge the support of staff at the UNC Cancer Hospital, especially Dr. Mary W. Dunn, Dr. Kim Rathmell, and staff at UNC Hospice, especially Lynn’s care-giver Emily Shaw. A memorial gathering will be conducted in the near future.

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