Today I heard about the death of Margit Balogh, former Librarian at the Peto Institute, from cancer.
She became Librarian of the Institute in 1992 and brought new life and systems to the Institute’s collection. In a chapter written for the recent book on Dr Hári (Balogh and Dezsőné, 2014) she describes her work there under the watchful, interested eye of Mária Hári, who encouraged her to update the procedures, re-organise the stock, and develop the use of computers, making its holdings more accessible.
Margit also edited the book Mária Hári and her conductive education in 2007.
In 1993 I visited the Institute and met with Margit. We communicated through an interpreter as I knew no Hungarian and she no English, but it was an interesting meeting as we talked about the unique sources on Conductive Education held in the Institute and the beginnings of the Library I was establishing for the Foundation for Conductive Education in England.
Margit did retire some years ago but today’s users of the Library owe her a large debt for all she did for the collection, and Conductive Education.
Today is a very sad day.
Balogh, E and Horváth Dezsőné, (2014) Emlékkönyv, Hári, Mária 1923-2001. Budapest: Pető András Főiskola