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Ralph Anthony VanHandel

Ralph Anthony VanHandel was American librarian. Named Indiana Library of the Year, 1971; recipient Sagamore of Wabash, 1984. Member of American Library Association, Kansas Library. Association (vice president 1951), Indiana Library. Association (president 1963-1964), Anselm Forum (secretary 1964, vice president 1965), Knights of Columbus.

Background

  • VanHandel, Ralph Anthony was born on January 17, 1919 in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Frank Henry and Gertrude Mary (Schmidt) VanHandel.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Wisconsin, 1946. Bachelor of Arts in Library. Science, University Michigan, 1947.

    Career

    • Head library Lawrence (Kansas) Free Public Library., 1947-1951, Hibbing (Minnesota) Public Library., 1951-1954. Library director Gary (Indiana) Public Library., 1954-1974, Wells Memorial Public Library. (name now Tippecanoe County Public Library.), Lafayette, 1974-1984, library consultant, 1963—1984.

      Retired, 1984

      Member Indiana Library. Certified Board, 1969—1984, Indiana State Library. and History Building Expansion Commission, 1973—1981.

    Membership

    Member of American Library Association, Kansas Library. Association (vice president 1951), Indiana Library. Association (president 1963-1964), Anselm Forum (secretary 1964, vice president 1965), Knights of Columbus.

    Connections

    • Married Alice Catherine Hogan, October 27, 1945. Children: William Patrick, Karen Jean, Mary Jo.
    • father: Frank Henry VanHandel
    • mother: Gertrude Mary (Schmidt) VanHandel
    • spouse: Alice Catherine Hogan
    • children: William Patrick VanHandel
    • Karen Jean VanHandel
    • Mary Jo VanHandel
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    Born January 17, 1919
    Died November 27, 2002
    (aged 83)
    Nationality
    • 1946
      University Wisconsin
    • 1947
      University Michigan
    • 1947 - 1951
      Head, library Lawrence (Kansas) Free Public Library
    • 1951 - 1954
      Head, library Lawrence (Kansas) Free Public Library
    • 1954 - 1974
      library director, Gary (Indiana) Public Library
    • 1974 - 1984
      library director, Gary (Indiana) Public Library
      Lafayette, Tennessee, United States
    • 1984
      retired

    Award