Remembering Nancy B. Rainey
Nancy B. Rainey, of Villanova, PA, died on Jan. 19th, 2017. Nancy started her library career in 1983 at the Joseph W. England Library at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (now known as University of the Sciences), shortly after completing her library degree from Drexel University School of Library and information Science. Nancy served as a Reference Librarian and was the librarian primarily responsible for performing chemical searching. In 1986, Nancy became Head of Public Services and was responsible for overseeing reference, circulation, online searching, and serving as the library liaison for pharmacy and chemistry. She taught Literature of Chemistry to students and, known to be an excellent searcher, trained online searching to many new librarians. In late 1987, Nancy left PCP to accept a position as Senior Information Research Specialist at the library of McNeil Consumer Products in Fort Washington, PA, where she worked for the next 13 years. She also served as treasurer of the MLA Philadelphia Chapter from 1988-1990, and treasurer of the SLA Philadelphia Chapter from 1992-1994.
Karen Albert remembers Nancy as “…the consummate professional – extremely intelligent, hard-working and service-oriented. She and I co-authored several papers which reviewed early database search systems. One published in Information Today (May, 1987, v. 4(5)), is memorable because it dealt with Mark Nelson’s CD-ROM program, called Med-Base, which was the precursor to Ovid, the enormously successful company and search system. Nelson eventually sold Ovid to Wolters-Kluwer in 1998, after which he moved to California to become a winegrower. (See http://ovidvineyards.com/philosophy/people/ )” Nancy published several other papers, including one that is still cited today, entitled “Ethical Principles and Liability Risks in Providing Drug Information”, Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 7(3),1988.
Nancy was an excellent colleague and outstanding medical librarian. According to an obituary page posting, she also did amazing work for the library at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. Her full obituary notice says: “Beloved wife of Arthur H. Rainey and devoted mother of Douglas H. Rainey (Toshiko Uchida); also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Lauren and Carolyn Rainey; brother, Frank Winslow Bowen Jr; and sister, Virginia Schuster. Her Memorial Service will be held on Sat., Feb. 18th, at 11 A.M., in the Chapel of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr PA 19010. Int. private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either HelpHOPELive, Two Radnor Corp. Center, 100 Matsonford Rd., #100, Radnor PA 19087 or the above mentioned Church”
The Philadelphia Chapter thanks Karen Albert, Mignon Adams, Leslie Ann Bowman, and Helen Hohman for sharing their memories and for sending the archival information on Nancy from the PCP archives.