D. Ashley King and Bruce
Wood Have Departed This Life
We were greatly saddened to hear of the death of two of our finest Burroughs
Bibliophiles. We lost Ashley King on
September 11, 2009. He hosted our annual Dum-Dum at Binghamton, New
York, and printed the first and only catalog
of the Burroughs Memorial Collection in 1989, before moving to Michigan.
He also purchased a large number of
rare books from the personal collection of our founder, Vern Coriell.
He leaves behind a daughter, Alexandra King,
at 14404 Dresden Drive, Sterling Heights, Michigan, 48312. Expressions
of sympathy may be sent to family advisor
Mary Ellen Zander, McComb Daily, 100 McComb Daily Drive, Mount Clemens,
Our second sorrow stems from the November death of Bruce Wood,
a collector and art binder of Burroughs books for
many years. He created dust jackets for most of the ERBville Press
Burroughs books produced by Jerry Schneider,
and made collectors' editions of many book covers with color reproductions
of the original dust jacket illustrations.
Unfortunately, he died intestate, so one of his two sisters, Laura
Meyer, is trying to get power of attorney to handle the
sale of his Burroughs books and artwork. If she succeeds, the Bruce
Wood Burroughs Collection will be advertised
on the internet, and we will bring you further information as it unfolds.
On a related matter, Cheryl Crane of the University of Louisville
Development Office, attended this year's Dum-Dum
in Dayton, Ohio, to give a talk on the creation of a Burroughs Bibliophiles
Endowment Fund, which she spearheaded
at the U of L with the collaboration of our Board of Directors. Many
requests for further information have come in, so
we asked her if she could give a few pointers on how to avoid dying
intestate, like Bruce Wood, who often mentioned
leaving his collection to the Burroughs Memorial Collection. Her comments
follow. A separate fund for the preservation
and upkeep of the Burroughs Memorial collection was established by
the Curator, George T. McWhorter, who
has willed his estate to the U of L for this purpose. A donation of
$500 was received recently from a subscriber to the
Burroughs Bulletin who wrote: "The adventures of Tarzan have seen me
through some dark times in my life and this
is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to his creator."