We are saddened by the passing of Mark Lamken, our FOL Treasurer. He was more than a member of our Board, he was a friend, full of smiles and goodness towards everyone he met. His passing not only leaves a hole in our Friends organization, it leaves a hole in the lives of all that knew him.
For Mark, libraries were magic. A voracious reader, even as a child, he devoured everything from classics like Huckleberry Finn to the Horatio Hornblower novels but his true passion was always science fiction and history.
During his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Mark supplemented his income by working in the campus library, reinforcing his life long love affair with libraries.
Mark’s passion for reading was passed down to his children, who grew up visiting the Encino Tarzana library every two weeks to browse and check out their allotted 10 books.
When he retired from his law practice, Mark began as a volunteer working in the Friends of the Library bookstore. Sometimes the only sales for the day were made to himself; other times he’d share his love and knowledge and ever present sense of humor with his customers. Bookstore merchandise was always perfectly alphabetized on his watch!
As FOL Treasurer, Mark designed and implemented a formal system to ensure prompt and accurate disbursements of library program funds. He spent hours poring over spreadsheets he created to ensure accurate reporting to various library organizations and governmental agencies.
Quarterly FOL book sales provided Mark with new challenges, assisting with early efforts to calculate the percentages of table space needed for each book genre. He loved serving as cashier at quarterly FOL book sales where the library patrons also got to know him. He will be missed by all of us in the Friends family and anyone who was fortunate enough to graced by his smile, intelligence and quick wit.