Carol Libby has once again been named Arcadia Senior of the Year by the Arcadia Rotary Club and the City of Arcadia‘s Senior Citizens Commission. She will be honored by at the annual Rotary Salute to Seniors Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.. on Tuesday May 10 at the Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus Drive.
Carol wears many hats with numerous local groups and recently published yet another book about Arcadia, Faces and Footprints in Arcadia’s History. Prior to that she authored Chronicles of Arcadia and also co-authored the Arcadia edition of the national book series Images of America.
In addition to being a two-time winner recipient of this award, Carol was named Citizen of the Year in 1977-78 by the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce and has been performing decades of service and leadership with the Arcadia Historical Society since 1986, serving as curator of the Society’s museum from 1995-2001 and has served on the Society’s Historical Marker Committee since its inception ten years ago. She also writes, produces and costumes short theatrical performances, historical fashion shows and produces programs for members of the Society and for the separate support group, The Friends of the Arcadia Historical Society. For her work with the Society, she was saluted at a “Hats Off to Carol Libby” program by the Society in June 2013.
She is one of the founding officers of the Arcadia’s Best Foundation non-profit community events group and was one of the local Arcadia author speakers at the Foundation’s November 2013 One Community, One Book program.
Carol has been actively involved with numerous community organizations since moving to Arcadia with her husband Hal in 1956 (the home Hal’s parents bought in 1938) — you will see her pictured almost wherever you go, including on the walls of the new Methodist Hospital wing from her days as a volunteer there.
Carol volunteered for more than twenty-five years at the Arboretum and has made many presentations and hosts many events at her home.
Carol’s interest in Arcadia’s history began while listening to stories told by her father-in-law, Philip A. Libby, a member of Arcadia’s City Council for several years. She was president of First Avenue PTA, Baldwin Stocker PTA and Arcadia Council PTA, and served as chairman of the successful Base Revenue Election in 1977. She received a Golden Apple Award, an Honorary Service Award and Continuing Service Award from Baldwin Stocker School PTA, and the 2001 Senior Citizen Award. She received the City Appreciation Award for her work in the restoration of the Hugo Reid Family Statue.
Carol holds a B.A. degree in Education and a M.A. in Child Development.