Robert Newton Broadus, 92, resident of the Carol Woods Retirement Community, died March 19, 2015.
Reared in Lancaster, Ky., son of Earl N. and Elizabeth Carter Broadus, he attended Pepperdine College, Los Angeles (B.A.); University of Chicago (B.L.S.); and University of Southern California (Ph.D.)
Mr. Broadus served eight years as a college librarian, and five with the Marketing division of the Sperry Rand Corporation, but his main career was in teaching and research. He was a professor in Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, 1955-56 and 1961-76; then in the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1976-93. He authored a widely-used book on library collection development, edited or co-edited two other books, and contributed scholarly and professional articles to books and periodicals in several academic fields. His publications were referred to frequently by writers in information science and other fields.
For his contributions to library education, he received an award from the American Library Association, which cited his "insatiate curiosity, . . . extensive publications, . . . acute and sophisticated sense of humor, . . . intellect.... rectitude, ... sense of purpose, and ... quiet dignity."
Mr. Broadus married Eleanor Hammond, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1948. She survives him, along with their two sons, John Robert, of Carrboro, and Earl William, of Durham. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gene, in 1980.
Robert and Eleanor lived in California, Tennessee, and Illinois before moving to Chapel Hill in 1976, and to Carol Woods in 1997. He was a member of the Cole Mill Road Church of Christ, Durham. Among his interests and hobbies were platen press printing (in high school years, he managed a small print shop), woodworking, gardening, reading, listening to phonograph records, and croquet.
A graveside service will take place on April 4. Memorial contributions may be made to UNC Hospice, PO Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312, or Children’s Ministry or Library, Cole Mill Road Church of Christ, 1617 Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC 27705.