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librarian , writer

Barbara Claassen Smucker, American former librarian, writer. Recipient prizes Canada Council, 1980, Ruth Schwartz Foundation, 1980, Distinguished Service award Kansas State University, 1980, Brotherhood award National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1980; $2000 Vicki Metcalf prize for outstanding contribution to Canada children's literature Canada Authors Association, 1988, Kitchener award, 1990.

Background

Smucker, Barbara Claassen was born on September 1, 1915 in Newton, Kansas, United States. Dual citizen United States and Canada. Daughter of Cornelius Walter and Addie (Lander) Claassen.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, 1936;postgraduate, Rosary College, 1963-1965;Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Waterloo, 1986;Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Bluffton College, 1989.

Career

English teacher, Harper (Kansas) High School, 1937-1938;reporter, Evening Kansan Republican, Newton, 1939-1941;teacher, Ferry Hall School, Lake Forest, Illinois, 1960-1963;children's librarian, Kitchener (Ontario) Public Library, 1969-1977;reference librarian, head librarian, Renison College, U. Waterloo, Ontario, 1977-1982;senior fellow Renison College, Renison College, U. Waterloo, Ontario, since 1982. Writer American Educator Encyclopedia, Lake Bluff, Illinois, 1960-1963. Convocation speaker U. Waterloo, Ontario, 1986.

Works

Membership

Member American Association of University Women, Canadian Association University Women, Canadian Society Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers, Children's Reading Round Table, Chicago.

Connections

Married Donovan Ebersole Smucker, January 21, 1939. Children: Timothy, Thomas, Rebecca.

father:
Cornelius Walter Claassen

mother:
Addie (Lander) Claassen

spouse:
Donovan Ebersole Smucker

child:
Timothy Smucker

child:
Thomas Smucker

child:
Rebecca Smucker