The University Libraries mourns the loss of our long-time friend and colleague, Edward J. Trentman. Ed began working for the Libraries in May, 1997. Ed dedicated over 25 years working at the Circulation Desk, where he was known for his unwavering support of students. He made a positive impact on everyone he interacted with. Ed helped countless students feel welcomed in the library, and went the extra mile to answer their questions. He spent years working the late shifts, including regularly volunteering to cover extended hours to keep the building open until 2 a.m. in the lead up to exams.
Ed was known, in particular, for his compassion and support for the Libraries’ student workers. As a former student worker himself, he shared his own experiences with students, made sure they were doing well in their classes, and was even known to buy them grilled cheese sandwiches during their shifts.
He had a vast knowledge of the library and excelled in customer service. He had a reassuring presence, that was both no-nonsense, and kind. He had a way of making people feel seen. The library won’t be the same without him.
Even in death, Ed’s generosity and care were demonstrated by his enrollment in the Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Anatomical Gift Program. Contributions in Ed’s memory can be made to the ALS Association.
Ed is survived by his wife Eileen, sons Alex (Jenny) and Nick (Jenn), grandsons Chris and Noah, brother Daniel and sister Marianne. Ed loved his family and his dog, Riley. He lit up when he talked about them.
Rest in Peace, Ed. You will be missed.