Campus Notebook: GPO Icon’ Dies

Posted June 24, 2009 at 6:15pm

Virginia Saunders — one of the the longest-serving employees at the Government Printing Office — died last week at age 82.

[IMGCAP(1)]Saunders recently celebrated her 63rd year at the GPO, where she was in charge of compiling all of Congress’ records into the Congressional Serial Set.

Retirement wasn’t in her plans; the GPO, she said at the time, “is where my heart is.—

In a press release Wednesday, GPO officials called Saunders an “icon.—

“She touched so many lives, in so many ways,— Public Printer Robert Tapella said. “Virginia Saunders will be deeply missed by the GPO family. She was our rock.”

Before coming to GPO, Saunders worked for a year as a clerk typist for the FBI. At the GPO, she spent 40 years working on the Congressional Serial Set — shunning a computer and doing all her editing by hand.

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