Ms Yolanda Celine Beh died suddenly on 17 December 2010 at home, a few months after her 70th birthday. Her death shocked her family and friends because she was seldom ill. She was always active, travelling a few times a year, especially after her retirement on 6 September 2002.
Yolanda had a wide circle of friends and was a well-known and respected librarian. She spent 34 years as the Foundation Librarian of the Southeast Asian Ministers’ of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Regional Language Centre in Singapore.
She was a Life Member, of the Library Association of Singapore (LAS). She had served in the LAS Council as Vice-President, and in various capacities in LAS Committees.
Librarians, colleagues, non-librarians in Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar and Australia, write of their relationships with her to honour Yolanda, and to share their memories.
Born: 6 Sept 1940, Rangoon, Burma
Family: Father: Beh Teik Jin; Mother: Dorothy Mary Ong; Sisters: Theodora Caroline, Pauline Patricia, Jacqueline Marie, Imelda Marin; Brothers: Bernard Andrew, Ronald Joachim, Walter Philip
- 1962: Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Malaya, Singapore
- 1964: Master of Arts, Indiana University, USA
- 1962-63: Librarian, Geological Survey of Malaysia
- 1965-66: Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library, New York
- 1966-68: Library Assistant [Professional], University of Malaya Library, Kuala Lumpur
- 1968-2002: Foundation Librarian, Regional Language Centre (RELC), Singapore
Interests and Hobbies: Church work, charity work, reading, traveling, speed walking, fine arts, attending concerts, plays, operas, museums
Sources: Edward Lim, Ho Chooi Hon, Lim Kim Lian, Ch’ng Kim See, Sunday Times, 19 December 2010: 37
The name Yolanda is derived “From the medieval French name Yolande, which was possibly a form of the name Violante, which was itself a derivative of Latin viola “violet”. Alternatively it could be of Germanic [or Greek] origin”. It was popular in the 1940s. http://www.behindthename.com/name/yolanda.