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Ray Carroll (1930-2017)
Sad loss to the Society


It is with great sadness we report the death on 29 January of Ray Carroll. He had been a member of SLHA for more than 30 years and Reviews Editor since 1997.

Ray had a long career in the public library service, beginning in his native Kent and working in Nottingham, Dorset and Gloucestershire before a spell in Vienna with the British Council. He came to Lincolnshire as the County Librarian in 1980.

Ray’s wide experience of books and publishing equipped him ideally for the role of Reviews Editor for SLHA. As a librarian he was usually aware of most books being published about Lincolnshire, whether a village history, a biography or an academic treatise, and he had regular contacts with many publishers.

For twenty years he managed the task of enlisting reviewers and editing their contributions with great efficiency and skill. He also set up the regular section listing 'books published and received' in the SLHA journal, which went some way towards alleviating the lack of a comprehensive county bibliography.

Ray Carroll developed a wide range of interests in his adopted county and made significant contributions in several fields. He was an active member of the Tennyson Society and for several years contributed to the work of the History of Lincolnshire Committee.

He served as a council member of the Lincoln Record Society and edited the society’s Volume 84, The Printed Maps of Lincolnshire 1576-1900: A Carto-Bibliography, published in 1996 – a superb achievement. He also found time to follow his lifelong interests in music and cricket.

Ray was a quiet man with an engaging sense of humour who was held in high regard by all who worked with him and came to know him. He will be much missed.

Ray Carroll (1930-2017)


February 2017Ray Carroll