On November 22, 2019, Margaret “Sissy” Albertine passed away at the age of 62. She joined LSU Libraries Special Collections in 1986.
During her 33 years in the Libraries, Albertine was widely known for her professionalism, generosity, and friendship. An expert at both traditional and digital photography, her meticulous work in the darkroom and digital studio provided patrons with access to countless unique historical items, both onsite and online.
An artist in her own right, Albertine participated in juried and invitational exhibitions and was often name dropped as a “local favorite.” In spite of this notoriety, she eschewed the spotlight, preferring to work behind the scenes and to leave the public accolades to her colleagues. For decades, she documented most of the outreach events that took place in the libraries.
Beyond her professionalism and artistry, those who worked most closely with her note that Albertine’s most lasting contribution to LSU Libraries will be her generous spirit. She easily developed lifelong friendships with faculty, staff, and students, and always had room in her heart to welcome new colleagues. Her door was open to anyone who needed professional or personal advice, a friendly ear, or to share in her infectious laughter. Albertine set a tone of generosity and friendship that will remain her legacy within the Libraries.
She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Efforts are underway to establish a living memorial for Albertine by endowing an oak tree on campus in her name. Donations can be made by check or credit card to the LSU Foundation. Checks need to be made out to LSU Foundation with “Margaret ‘Sissy’ Albertine endowed oak” written in the memo section.
Checks can be mailed to:
Attn: Endow an Oak Program
3796 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Gifts can also be made online to the LSU Foundation through this link by completing the following steps:
- Under Gift Information, enter a dollar amount next to Endow an Oak Program, which should automatically appear under Selected Designations.
- Under Donor Information, complete the requests for name and contact information.
- Under Tribute Information, choose “in memory of someone special” then type “Margaret ‘Sissy’ Albertine.”