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had been especially active in the selection of books for

the Hayes Memorial Library.

He was a life member of the Ohio State Archaeolog-

ical and Historical Society and served on its Spiegel

Grove Committee.

Mr. Root was a scholarly gentleman, unassuming,

modest, and from early manhood a great student. He

was a wise and trusted counselor among the student

body and faculty of Oberlin College and a constantly

widening circle of those who came to him for advice.

His death leaves a vacant place that will be long felt by

his library associates, especially those in Ohio.

Professor Root is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna

Mayo (Metcalf) Root, whom he married in 1887; by a

daughter, Marian, connected with the New York City

Public Library, and by a son, Francis M., professor

of Social Hygiene and Public Health, at Johns Hopkins

University, Baltimore.



William Pendleton Palmer, president of the Ameri-

can Wire and Steel Company, died at his home in Cleve-

land Heights, December 19, 1927. He was born in

Pittsburgh, Pa., June 17, 1861; was the son of James

Stewart and Eleanor Pendleton (Mason) Palmer; and

was educated in the public schools of his native city. He

took an active interest in educational institutions; was

trustee of Case Library and Oberlin College; president

of the Western Reserve Historical Society; and mem-

ber of a number of literary and industrial societies.

His estate, at the time of his death, was valued at

over $1,000,000. He left gifts of $25,000 to both the