Jody Ann Bussell

03 December 2008

Jody Ann Bussell, who devoted her 18-year Berkeley career to helping library collections operations run smoothly, succumbed to cancer Nov. 9 at the age of 58, in her El Sobrante home.

Bussell arrived at Berkeley's library in 1990 and rose through the ranks of the Technical Services Department, the library's primary acquisitions and cataloging center, to become a senior administrative analyst. At the time of her death she headed the Payments/Electronics Unit and served as assistant division head of the Collections Core Services Department in Technical Services.

"Jody Bussell made the library a better place to work," said her colleague Jim Gordon, ordering-unit head in Collections Core Services. "She always maintained a positive, supportive, and caring attitude toward her co-workers, and she will be missed by everyone who knew her."

Chris Haight, of the Payments/Electronics Unit, said that Bussell was a positive presence throughout the 18 years he worked with her, always guiding "by example, suggestion, and consensus."

When she wasn't working, Bussell enjoyed orchids, gardening, crafts, and animals. She once had a pot-bellied pig, and participated in pig rescue.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Bussell, her mother, and many other relatives. No service is planned. Memorial contributions may be sent to Heifer International.