Helen Taliferro – Former Air Force Libraries Leader

From Bob Lane, Library Director Emeritus, Air University Library via Gail Nicula, DMIL Director for DoD


Taliaferro, Helen Naomi, age 92, a former Montgomery resident, died in Coppell, Texas, on February 23. A memorial service will be held in the near future. Helen is survived by a legion of friends and colleagues in Montgomery and throughout the United States. Born in Idaho on 26 January 1922, and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas, by adoptive parents, Helen attended Texas Woman’s University (then called Texas State College for Women) where she graduated in 1942 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Library Science. She was married to Lt Col Lloyd A. “Tony” Taliaferro, USAF, who predeceased her. Helen came to Montgomery and Maxwell AFB in May of 1982 to be Chief of the Reader Services Division at the Air University Library, one of the country’s largest military libraries. She came here from Scott AFB, Illinois, where she had served for many years as Command Librarian for the USAF Military Airlift Command, with bases and libraries spread around the world. During the next 12 years, Helen distinguished herself by a commitment to university library service that exceeded all expectations. She was respected as a colleague and loved as a friend. Helen retired in February, 1994, but by then she had embarked on a new career as a fiscal supporter of advanced library education for students at her alma mater. By 1996 she had donated over $12,000 for scholarships, and in 2008 the school announced that her estate had established the Helen Naomi Taliaferro Library Science Scholarship Endowment Fund within the TWU Foundation. In lieu of other memorials please send donations in Ms. Taliaferro’s name to the TWU Foundation.