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Frank McGowan, librarian

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Friday, March 18, 2011; 9:20 PM

Frank McGowan, who retired in 1982 as director of acquisitions and overseas operations for the Library of Congress, died March 8 of respiratory failure at Brighton Gardens nursing home in Bethesda. He was 79.

Dr. McGowan began working at the Library of Congress in 1966 as the assistant chief of the overseas operations division. Previously, he worked at the library of American University of Beirut and headed the library for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Frank Malcolm McGowan was born in Portland, Ore. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in library science, both from the University of Washington. In 1972, he received a doctorate in library of science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. McGowan received a distinguished service award from the Library of Congress in 1983.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Afaf Sabeh McGowan of Silver Spring; two children, Malcolm McGowan of Fairfax Station and Leila McGowan of Oak Park, Ill.; and four grandchildren.

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