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Roger M. Tarman

Roger Mackey Tarman (85) died in Princeton Care Center on March 16, 2013.

Tarman had a 35-year career with Rutgers University, beginning in 1966. Tarman served for many years as music librarian and head of the Laurie Music Library. Among his most significant contributions to Rutgers was in building the music collection to make Laurie Music Library one of the finest music libraries in the world. He retired from Rutgers University in 2001.

Tarman was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on November 10, 1927, along with his twin sister, Harriet Tarman Remmers, who predeceased him in 1989. He and his sister were adoptive children of Fred E. and Billie Tarman. He grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, where his father was the founder-publisher and editor of the Norman Transcript.

He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1950 with a bachelor of music degree. In 1959 he was awarded both the master of library science and master of arts degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Following a position at Berkeley, Tarman moved to New York to become chief music and art librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library.

He had a great passion for classical music, art, archeology, history, and astronomy. Tarman will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by many loving friends, colleagues, and family members.

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