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John Henry Rebenack, American librarian. Recipient Newton D. Baker citation, 1968.


Rebenack, John Henry was born on February 10, 1918 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Charles Lewis and Carrie (Fielding) Rebenack.


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Pittsburgh, 1942; Bachelor of Science in liberal studies, Carnegie Library School, 1947.


Reference assistant, Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, 1947-1950; librarian, Salem (Ohio) Public Library, 1950-1953; librarian, Elyria (Ohio) Library, 1953-1957; assistant librarian, Akron (Ohio) Public Library, 1957-1965; associate librarian, Akron (Ohio) Public Library, 1965-1967; librarian-director, Akron (Ohio) Public Library, 1967-1980. Director United States Book Exchange, Inc., 1972.


Member United Community Council, Citizens' Committee Public Welfare, 1965-1966, chairman group work and recreation division, 1963-1966, vice president, 1967-1968, president conference of executives, 1975-1976. Member steering committee, planning division United Way. Member Akron Mayor's Task Force on Human Relations, 1962.

Member library committee President's Committee on Employment of Handicapped, 1967-1980, chairman, 1973-1980, member school library manpower advisory committee, 1967-1973. Member college advisory committee University Akron, 1972-1985. Member advisory council on federal programs State Library of Ohio, 1975-1979.

Board visitors Graduate School Library and Information Science, University Pittsburgh, 1968-1974. Member executive board Great Trail council Boy Scouts American, 1977-1980. Board directors Summit County unit American Cancer Society, since 1976, president, 1979-1981.

Board directors Ohio division, 1981-1991, chairman public information committee, 1989-1990, executive committee 1988-1991. With Army of the United States, 1942-1945. Member American Library Association (chairman personnel administrative section 1966-1967, chairman buildings and equipment section 1971-1973, chairman legislation assembly 1976-1977), Ohio Library Association (executive board 1957-1960, chairman adult education round table 1963, chairman legislation committee 1965-1966, 70-72, 76-80, president 1966-1967, Librarian of Year 1979, named to Hall of Fame 1989), Ohio Library Foundation (privileged member 1980, privileged director since 1988), Carnegie Library School Association (president 1961-1963), University Pittsburgh Graduate School Library and Information Science Alumni Association (executive committee 1978-1979, Distinguished Alumnus award 1980), American Association United Nations (vice president Akron chapter 1960), Kiwanis International Foundation (Tablet of Honor 1997, George F. Hixson fellow 1998), Torch Club (president 1968-1969), Kiwanis (president Akron 1978-1979, Man of Year 2004), Beta Phi Museum.


Married Dorothy Merle Treat, October 31, 1942 (deceased April 1971). Children: Charles Edwin, Christine (Mistress Clair N. Hayes III). Married Frances Strabley Krieger, May 6, 1972.

Charles Lewis Rebenack

Carrie (Fielding) Rebenack

Dorothy Merle Treat

Frances Strabley Krieger

Charles Edwin Rebenack

Christine Rebenack (Mistress Clair N. Hayes III)