Donor Profile: Anne Beaubien & Phil Berry

Anne Beaubien and Phil Berry have been longtime donors to the University of Michigan, and enjoy life in the town of their Alma Mater. “Ann Arbor is a delightful place to live and work and there are so many activities for retirement,” says Anne.

Phil has been giving to the University for over forty five years; he joined the University President’s club in the 1960’s and has been inspired to continue giving ever since. He holds two degrees from UM and feels a strong allegiance and affection for the University as a whole. Phil is a retired partner after a thirty five year career with Ernst &Young. 

Anne, a 1970 UMSI alum, was initially motivated to give to honor treasured colleagues who had endowed scholarship funds at UMSI. Mary Rollman taught Anne a great deal about reference and was a colleague of hers, and Sharon Hogan was Anne’s best friend, “sister,” colleague, co-author and co-presenter.  As the representatives for the Sharon A. Hogan Scholarship Fund at the annual UMSI scholarship luncheon one spring, Anne and Phil were so impressed by the caliber of UMSI students and the importance of the scholarship program that they were motivated to endow their own scholarship at UMSI. “We are mindful of the high costs of graduate education. The need for scholarships is greater than ever,” Anne says.

In a career spanning over forty years, Anne has worked in almost all facets of the University of Michigan Library. She has worked in reference, created an instruction program, created a cost recovery library service for businesses, created a campus delivery service (7FAST), been responsible for interlibrary loan, and served as director of MLibrary Document Delivery.  She also served as the library’s chief financial officer and grants officer.  Anne has been active in the American Library Association and served as president of the Association of College and Research Libraries and was a founding member of the international Rethinking Resources Sharing Initiative.  Anne is the recipient of the School of Information Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Virginia Boucher–OCLC Distinguished ILL (Interlibrary Loan) Librarian Award, and the Woman of the Year Award presented by the Ann Arbor Business and Professional Women's Club.

Over the past forty years, Anne has mentored and employed UMSI students, and has also taught at UMSI. Both Anne and Phil stay connected to the school through their student scholarship recipients, and are pleased to meet the recipients of both the Anne Beaubien Berry Scholarship and the Sharon A. Hogan Scholarship at the annual UMSI scholarship recognition luncheon each year.

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