St. Joseph's College

Francis V. Sedney, librarian

Francis V. Sedney, librarian

Francis V. Sedney, a retired Harford County librarian who encouraged a dynamic relationship between child and librarian, died Thursday of heart failure at her Bel Air home. She was 86.

The daughter of Herbert Hewes, a Boston & Maine Railroad conductor, and Anna Hewes, a postal worker, Frances Veronica Hewes was born in Boston and raised in the city's Mission Hill neighborhood, where she graduated from Mission Church High School.

She earned a bachelor's degree in 1948 from St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg and earned a master's degree in library science in 1949 from what is now Carnegie Mellon University.

She began her career as a children's librarian with the New...