Camille Marie Wade
November 8, 1937- June 20, 2020 (age 82)
Camille (Kim) Wade, a Los Gatos resident and librarian, collapsed and died suddenly on June 20, 2020 at home. Her husband, Chuck, was at her side. Kim was a New Hampshire girl of French-Canadian descent born to Amedee and Laura Gaudette. She attended Rivier University in her hometown of Nashua and was studying library science at Simmons College in Boston and working in the MIT science library when she met Chuck who was a graduate student there. Their life together began in 1964. She received a Master’s in library science from Rosary College (now Dominican University) in Chicago and worked in a variety of medical, science, public, and children’s libraries as their careers evolved. Their stops included two years at the University of Chicago, and, beginning in 1967, 13 years at the University of Texas at Austin where Chuck was on the chemistry faculty. A wonderful sabbatical at UC Berkeley in 1976 imprinted California on their lifestyle. This was one of the factors that resulted in a move to IBM in 1980 and, subsequently, to 40 years of residence in Los Gatos where she worked part time in the county libraries.
Kim’s life reflected the outdoor environment of her New Hampshire upbringing, the unique outreach of libraries and books, and her love of family and children, especially her own children and grandchildren. Family and friends received a flow of books from her on any special occasion. She played basketball in college and also became a proficient skier who taught her future husband how to ski. Together they taught their children, and the family shared many wonderful vacation ski trips. She loved art, opera and music, and became a lover of California redwoods, parks and open spaces. Strong independence was one of her defining traits. Above all, she was a helpful, generous and special mother and grandmother.
Kim is survived by her husband Chuck; by her two sons Chris (Lisa) and Jeff (Jennifer); by her grand-children Stephen (21), Lucas (17), JJ (5), and Jacob (3); and by her sister Pauline Duchesne. She was fortunate that her children and grand-children all lived nearby, and she relished the special treat of the two younger grandchildren who provided an energetic new lift in her life. Her death leaves a tragic void in their lives.
The memorial service will be a private, family affair. Donations in her name may be made to the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino CA 95014) or to the Los Gatos Public Library. The family also suggests that in lieu of donations, you select a special block of time to meet with your family or friends to let them know the positive impact they have on your life. Include in the discussion those things you’ll wish they had heard from you if they were to suddenly die.