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"Walter
W. Ristow, who was known never to have gotten lost and would have had
no excuse if he had — considering he was in charge of more maps than
anybody else in the world — died April 3 in Mitchellville, Md. He was
97.

Dr. Ristow was head of the map divisions at the New York
Public Library, which has more than 400,000 maps, and later at the
Library Congress, which holds more than 5 million maps.

He is
credited with molding the profession of the modern-day map librarian,
and was a prolific cartographic scholar as well, writing hundreds of
articles and several important books.

Full article at NY Times (requires free registration)

[url="http://"http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/17/us/17ristow.html"]http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/17/us/17ristow.html[/url] "
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