Mr. Warren to Leave Role in the Mellon Library

Photo by Helena Yang/The Choate News

Mr. Warren has been a friendly face in the library since 1976.

After 41 years at Choate, librarian Mr. Craig Warren will retire at the end of this year. Mr. Warren’s first librarian job was in the Connecticut State Prison in Somers where he worked for three and half years in the 1970s. In February of 1976, he became Choate’s Librarian.

“He’s a positive presence in the library, and every time I work there, he always stops to say hi,” said Nandini Erodula ’18. “He always has a sweet smile on his face and asks how my day went.”

Throughout Mr. Warren’s time at Choate, he has not only been a reference and acquisition librarian, but also a part of Choate’s intramural sports program, most notably senior soccer.

Karen Shure, a member of the senior soccer team, said, “Mr. Warren has been one of the kindest people I’ve met during my time at Choate. He always had a positive attitude during senior soccer even though some of us are really bad at the sport. He also was a star player when he joined one of the teams! Even after senior soccer ended, he always enthusiastically says hello to me when I see him.”

Mr. Warren seems to have an uncanny ability to remember students’ names and graduation years. Many alumni joke that he might actually remember every Choate graduate from every class he’s worked with. The connection clearly gives him joy. To that end, Mr. Warren hopes his retirement will include campus reunions and other alumni gatherings.

Baji Tumendemberel ’18 said, “As my advisor sophomore year, Mr. Warren served as my mentor and my friend. I couldn’t have wished for a kinder or more attentive and involved trusted adult on campus or, more specifically, in the comfortable nooks of the library.

Mr. Warren plans to devote his retirement  to simple pleasures like reading and hiking. He also hopes  to visit scenic spots in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, including the Cloisters, in New York City; Montauk Point, at the eastern end of Long Island; and Cape May, in southern New Jersey.

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