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educator , Librarian

Frederick Gridley Kilgour, American librarian, educator. Decorated Legion of Merit; recipient Margaret Mann citation in cataloging and classification, 1974, Melvil Dewey medal, 1978; Academy/Research Librarian of Year, 1979, Lifetime Achievement award, School Information and Library. Sciences, 2004; Library Information Technical award, 1979, numerous others.


Kilgour, Frederick Gridley was born on January 6, 1914 in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Edward Francis and Lillian Bess (Piper) Kilgour.


AB, Harvard University, 1935. Student, Columbia School Library Service, 1941. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Marietta College, 1980.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), College of Wooster, 1981. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Ohio State University, 1980. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Denison University, 1983.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Missouri, Kansas City, 1989.


Staff, Harvard College Library, 1935-1942;Staff, Office of Strategic Services, 1942-1945;deputy director office of intelligence collection and dissemination, unites states department State, 1946-1948;librarian, Yale Medical Library, 1948-1965;associate librarian for research and development, Yale University Library, 1965-1967;managing editor, Yale Journal Biology and Medicine, 1949-1965;lecturer in history of science, Yale University, 1950-1959;lecturer history of technical, Yale University, 1961-1967;fellow, Davenport College, 1950-1967;president, executive director Online Computer Library Center,, Online Computer Library Center, Inc., 1967-1980;vice chairman of the board of trustees Online Computer Library Center,, Online Computer Library Center, Inc., 1981-1983;founder trustee, Online Computer Library. Center, since 1984;Distinguished research professor, U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, since 1990.



Served as Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1945, overseas duty. Member American Library Association, American Society Information Science (Merit award 1979), Society for History ofTech.


Married Eleanor Margaret Beach, September 3, 1940. Children: Christopher Beach, Martha, Alison, Meredith.

Edward Francis Kilgour

Lillian Bess (Piper) Kilgour

Eleanor Margaret Beach

Christopher Beach Kilgour

Martha Kilgour

Alison Kilgour

Meredith Kilgour