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John George Lorenz, American Librarian, consultant. Recipient Superior Svc. award Department of Health, Education and Welfare.


Lorenz, John George was born on September 28, 1915 in New York City. Son of John W. and Theresa T. (Wurtz) Lorenz.


Bachelor of Science (Library fellow), City College of New York, 1939;Bachelor of Science in liberal studies, Columbia University, 1940;Master of Science in Public Administration, Michigan State University, 1952.


With, Queens Borough (New York) Library, then Schenectady Public Library, 1940-1944;chief reference division, Grand Rapids Public Library, 1944-1946;assistant librarian, Michigan State Library, 1946-1956;with, United States Office Education, 1957-1965;director division library services and educational facilities, United States Office Education, 1964-1965;deputy librarian of congress, Library of Congress, Washington, 1965-1976;executive director, Association Research Libraries, 1976-1980;library consultant, since 1980;interim director libraries, Catholic U. American, 1982-1983;liaison member committee science and technical information executive office, 1966-1973;interim director, CAPCON, 1985;special assistant to librarian, Georgetown University Library, 1985-1987;interim director, Washington Research Library Consortium, 1987-1988;coordinator library statistics program, National Commision on Libraries and Infantry Science, 1988-1997. Executive Committee National Book Committee, 1968-1974.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals, chapters to books.


Presidential appointee National History Publs. and Records Commission, 1979-1983. Member American Library Association (county 1960-1964, 69-73, chairman panel United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization 1965-1970, executive bd.1970-1975, Lippincott award 1993), District of Columbia Library. Association, International Federation Library.

Association (member program development group 1974-1978), American National Studies Institute (treasurer library Studies. committee 1980-1988), Cosmos Club, Kenwood Golf and Country Club.


Married Josephine R. Trumbull, October 1, 1944. Children: Laurence T., Janice R.

John W. Lorenz

Theresa T. (Wurtz) Lorenz

Josephine R. Trumbull

Laurence T. Lorenz

Janice R. Lorenz