Biographical / Historical
Anna J. Gurvin was born in Minnesota on July 26, 1932. She earned a BS in 1953 and MA in 1957 from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, Gurvin taught English (1953-1955), before becoming a university librarian (1955-1957). She was a reference librarian at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1962-1966. Gurvin’s government experience began in the admiral’s library of the U.S. Army (Europe), from 1957 to 1961. In August 1966, Gurvin joined the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) as assistant cultural affairs officer in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she served until 1970. From 1972 to 1973, Gurvin was assistant cultural affairs officer in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Gurvin was honored with outstanding service awards in 1959 and 1961; and a merit of honor in 1969. Her language skills included French and Spanish. She died on March 4, 2008, at the Wilson Health Care Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland; and is buried in Adams, Minnesota.