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Judith Beale

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Judith Beale, CA
1957 - 2010

Judith Beale passed away at her home in Altamonte Springs, FL on 10th February, of breast cancer. She had first been diagnosed in 1997, but had beaten it with chemotherapy at that time, and had thirteen wonderful treatment-free years since. She only learned that the cancer had reappeared in her liver just before Christmas, and only knew six days before her passing that it was not curable on this occasion.

Judith was beloved wife, partner & inspiration to Roger, sister to Derek, aunt to Timothy (& Dion) and Jonathan (& Helen), great-aunt to Beau, Harry, Alice, Cara & Dexter, niece to Frances, cousin to Janice & Michael, godmother to Tristan and Chloe, daughter-in-law to Joyce & Fred & sister-in-law to Sheelagh.

Judith was born at the lighthouse in Pendeen in Cornwall, where her father was a keeper. She also lived at the lighthouse in St. Anthony, and in Tring & Hemel Hempstead. On her "holiday of a lifetime" to the US in 1991 she & Roger fell in love, and she emigrated to Colorado in 1992. They were married in 1994 at the white wooden "Little Church in the Pines" in Salina, Colorado - which is at 8000 feet in the Rocky Mountains - and moved to Florida in 1996.

Judith graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in History from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1996. She graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with an MA in History in 2000, and became a Certified Archivist in 2006. At the time of her death, she was engaged in studying remotely for the MLitt degree in Archives & Records Management from the University of Dundee.

Judith worked for Sun Alliance in Watford, and for John Menzies Ltd. in High Wycombe before emigrating to the US. After graduation she was employed as an archivist on the staff of the Olin Library at Rollins College in Winter Park, of the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, and of the Special Collections department of the Library @ UCF, where she originated the archives of the office of the college president. She also volunteered at the Maitland Historical Society, and lately again @ the Orange County Regional History Center.

Judith loved being an archivist, and in that profession she found her calling. She passionately believed in the importance of both archives and the ethics & morals of archivists. At the time of her death she was serving as the Secretary of the Society of Florida Archivists (SFA) and as a steering committee member for the Opening Archives training program. She had in the past served on several of SFA committees and spoken at their annual conferences. She was also a member of the Society of American Archivists.

Judith will be deeply missed by family, friends and professional colleagues both throughout the UK and the US, and beyond.

Added by: Roger Cummings on 14 February 2010.

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