The Binc Foundation, Borders Alumni family and the book industry at large lost a good friend recently with the passing of Mary Fitzgerald. Mary spent the majority of her adult life immersed in the book industry. Working for B. Dalton and Barnes & Noble then moving to Waldenbooks and later to Borders, she helped make bookselling (and book buying) a great experience for all. Mary traveled the world setting up stores and in the process developed a love of travel and meeting new people. Although her professional career recently took her from books to building materials (working for Lowe’s), Mary never left the book industry behind. She surrounded herself with books and the people who loved them.
A true friend of the Foundation
Every day at Binc we are reminded of the support Mary gave the Foundation as we were reborn as the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. Whenever Binc had a need, Mary was the first person in line to offer her help. Serving on the Communications & Marketing committee, her suggestions and expertise were invaluable as we began to market our programs and services to a new audience. She loved to write and was often called upon to edit Foundation communications, Mary even found time to contribute to our blog. She was a self-proclaimed “gadget junkie” and that worked to Binc’s advantage as well. We now travel around the country with an iPad donated by Mary and enjoy the use of her “hand-me-downs” in our everyday office work as well.
Mary was an instant friend to everyone she met and her spirit will live on in everyone she touched. We at Binc are proud to have known her and counted her as a friend.