Matthew Richard ‘Dick’ Wilt

Matthew Richard “Dick” Wilt, 88, East Norriton, passed away Jan. 30, 2013.

He was the son of the late Howard Matthew and Leta Catharine (McFadden) Wilt.

Surviving are three sisters: M. Denise Madden, Sharle J. Kirkham and Karen L. Savoy; four brothers: Benjamin H., J. Terence, Phillip M. and Stephen M.; 27 nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Charles Berman.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Drucilla A. Baronner.

A native of Hollidaysburg, Dick was a graduate of The Catholic University of America (M.A., 1949) and Columbia University (M.L.S., 1955). His work as a librarian and an educator led him to his role as executive director of the Catholic Library Association, where he served from 1960 until his retirement in 1987.

His many professional accomplishments included successfully campaigning for congressional approval of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title II and fostering collaboration with the American Library Association, the American Friends of the Vatican Library Association, the American Theological Library Association and the National Catholic Educational Association. In recognition of exceptional performance, he was selected in 1975 for the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Certificate of Merit, and he was presented with the Catholic Library Association’s Aggiornamento Award in 1987 for an outstanding contribution made toward the renewal of parish and community life.

A talented singer and pianist, Dick also enjoyed world travel, reading and volunteerism, giving countless hours of service to the Stagecrafters Theater and St. Joseph Villa.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Hollidaysburg, followed by interment at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery, Altoona.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Barbara Zanker School Fund, St. Michael Catholic Church, 301 Spruce St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.