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Remembering Doreen Armbruster

By Clare Hitchens Date: November 29, 2023 Tags: Blog


Although Doreen Armbruster retired from WLU Press in 1998, she was a familiar face around our offices for many years afterward as she worked to complete the typesetting for the sixteen volumes of the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, the last of which published in 2012. As Doreen recalled in a chapter on the press in the book I Remember Laurier, she was a stay-at-home mom in 1973, content to earn some pocket money by typing term papers, theses, and dissertations. That all changed when she got a call from Norm Wagner, who wanted her to come and join the newly established press. After negotiating time off for childcare and summers at the beach, Doreen was in, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Doreen was instrumental in the evolution of the press from its early beginnings to where it is today, approaching its 50th anniversary. We are lucky to have her recollections of the many people she worked with and of the changes in technology over the years in book and journal production.

Doreen passed away on Friday, November 24, 2023. We send our condolences to her loved ones and know she will be very much missed.