Charles "Charlie" Bloom
After receiving MA and BLS degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, "Charlie" came to Humboldt State College in 1952 as a reference librarian, providing knowledgeable assistance in English and music. With the growth of the curriculum into the natural resources, he gained expertise in these fields and the other sciences and guided and assisted many of the growing number of students. He retired from the Library in 1983.
Charlie loved spending time with the students, and they loved him. Interested in conservation and the outdoors, he was faculty advisor for the "Boot and Blister Club," the student hiking organization at Humboldt State. He enjoyed fishing and outdoor travel and was an excellent photographer. Even after retirement, he brought flowers from his garden and homemade muffins to the Library each week. To this day, in his honor, the Library holds the annual Strawberry Festival that he started in the 1950s for the Library staff and students.
Beyond his many contributions to the Library and the University, Charlie left his Library family the Charles Bloom Endowment, for the purchase of Library resources; memorial contributions are accepted in his name. He also left a generous gift to the University for scholarships. Charlie Bloom is truly missed by many, but the memories will live on and his generosity will continue to benefit the University community for years to come.