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Ferguson Library Honors its Late President

The Ernest A DiMattia, Jr. Building officially dedicated downtown

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Stamford, CT | Added on December 07, 2014 At 04:17 PM

The Ferguson Library rededicated its Main Library in memory of late President Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Sunday afternoon. The building will be known as the Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library.
 
Ernest Abate, Chair of the Ferguson Library Board of Trustees said, "Naming this building in Ernie's honor will be an inspiration to all of us as we go forward."

DiMattia, known to his many friends as Ernie, was president of The Ferguson Library from 1976 until his death this past June. He was 74 years old. 
 
Minnie Wilkov was a member of the Library's Board of Trustees and a part of the search committee who brought Ernie to Stamford back in 1976. "In addition to looking for professional proficiency, we also looked for someone who would present a strong voice and face for the library in the community. Ernie had the complete package."
 
During his 38-year tenure, DiMattia ushered the Library into the digital age, oversaw the creation of the Friends of the Ferguson Library (the Library’s volunteer support group), and undertook the expansion and renovation of the Main Library’s turn of the century building. He also opened a passport office and a Starbucks in the Library, the first public library in the U.S. to do so, which have become important sources of revenue for the library.

Senator Richard Blumenthal said, "Ernie I think, more than the bricks and mortar wil always be here in his values and his great vision for Stamford and for each and every individual fulfilling his or her potential."

"We have lost one person who would fight for the City of Stamford, for the people of Stamford, first and foremost for the children of Stamford and for the education of the world around him. It's now our turn to pick up the mantle, to carry it forward and to do something with it, with the lessons he has left for us," said Brian DiMattia, Ernie's son.
 
Mr. DiMattia served on the boards of a number of local organizations, including Junior Achievement, Stamford Rotary Club, Stamford Center for the Arts, United Way of Western Connecticut and the World Affairs Forum. He was an associate professor/visiting lecturer at the University of Connecticut School of Business, Rutgers University Graduate School of Communication and Information, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science.
 
The Library also unveiled a plaque in Mr. DiMattia’s memory, which will be displayed inside the building’s foyer. 
 
He is survived by his wife Susan, and children Amy and Brian.


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