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Longtime ACU librarian, secretary dies


ABILENE, Texas — Delno M. Roberts, longtime Abilene Christian University presidential secretary and librarian, died Dec. 31 in Waco, Texas. She was 87.
Roberts’ career at ACU began as a student in 1939, when she transferred after attending the University of Tennessee at Martin on a basketball scholarship. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1941 from ACU. She returned to Abilene in 1946 when her husband, the late J.W. Roberts, joined the Bible faculty.
Roberts began working as the secretary to ACU President Don H. Morris in 1953. Named administrative secretary to Morris in 1955, she continued in that role for more than 20 years. In 1973, Roberts earned a master’s degree in education from ACU.
In 1974, Roberts took a leave of absence to earn her master’s degree in library science from the University of North Texas, and began her role as assistant librarian for public services in 1975, retiring from ACU in 1986 after 33 years of service.

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