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Gordon M. Conable

Gordon M. Conable, American library director. Recipient Best of Show award Western Art Directors, 1977; named Michigan Public Servant of Year, 1994, Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor, 1996.


  • Conable, Gordon M. was born on January 5, 1947 in Buffalo. Son of William Gouinlock and Miriam (Meyer) Conable.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1969. Medical Science Liaison Society, Columbia University, 1976.


    • Associate director Fort Vancouver (Washington) Regional Library., 1979-1988. Director Monroe (Michigan) County Library. System, from 1988

      Lecturer, presenter workshops on libraries, intellectual freedom and censorship, since 1987.


    • Contributor papers to professional publications.


    Trustee Monroe County Employees Retirement Systems, since 1988, vice-chair, since 1995. chair since 1997. Trustee Tears of Joy Theatre, Vancouver, 1980-1988, chair, 1981-1985. Chair Vancouver City Charter Commission, 1985.

    Treasurer board trustees Freedom to Read Foundation, 1988-1989, 96—, vice president, 1990-1991, president, 1992-1995. Member American Library Association (life, member council since 1991), Public Library. Association, Library.

    Administration and Management Association, Michigan Library. Association, Detroit Suburban Libraries Roundtable, Michigan Class VI Library. Directors Association.


    • Married Irene Hackett Shortall, September 13, 1975. 1 child, Edward James.
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    Born January 5, 1947
    Died January 12, 2005
    (aged 58)
    • 1969
      Antioch College
    • 1976
      Columbia University
    • 1979 - 1988
      Associate, director Fort Vancouver (Washington) Regional Library