MALF Remembers Nowell Leitzke

Minnesota’s library community lost another trailblazer last week. Nowell D. Leitzke, a prominent Friend and one-time president of the Minnesota Association of Library Friends, passed away on April 18 at age 87 in Saint Paul.

Leitzke began his distinguished library services career in north central Wisconsin, where he served as the first-ever bookmobile driver in the state’s largest county. He later moved to Minnesota, eventually serving in leadership roles in Faribault, Austin and Ramsey County. Leitzke later spent two distinguished decades with the Minnesota Department of Education Office of Library Development and Services.

Leitzke’s tireless support for public libraries extended well beyond the business day. In addition to serving on the MALF board, he was a long-time and avid supporter of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.