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Editor , radio commentator , author , business executive

John Louis Strohm, author, editor, radio commentator, business executive. Recipient Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service award, 1947, 59, Overseas Press Club award, 1959, President's award, 1978.


Strohm, John Louis was born on June 22, 1912 in near West Union, Illinois, United States. Son of Charles Gottlieb and Nellie Ethel (Davidson) Strohm.


With publicity department Owens-Illinois Glass Company, 1935-1936. Journalist, free-lance writer world-wide, 1937-1938. Field editor Prairie Farmer, 1938-1941.

Traveled in Latin American, gathered material for writing and radio, 1941. Assistant editor Prairie Farmer, 1941-1943, managing editor, 1943-1946. Traveled in Europe extensively, writing for farm magazines, 1946.

NANA broadcasting for Columbia Broadcasting System. Traveled in Soviet Union extensively, broadcasting, writing articles for National Education Association syndicate. President Northern Illinois Publications Inc., 1945-1950.

President Publications Inc., editor National Wildlife, International Wildlife Magazine. Manager National Corn Husking Contest, 1941. Chairman 1952 National Rural Electrification Conference.

Conducted radio program, World Neighbor, World's Largest Store, 1944-1946. Foreign correspondent, Europe, Middle East, 1948, Southeast Asia, 1950, Europe, 1954. Official escort to Russian farm officials on United States trip, 1955.

Worked for President Eisenhower, Washington, 1956. First American correspondent with State Department permission to travel in Red China for National Education Association syndicate, Readers' Digest, NBC, Look magazine, 1958. President John Strohm Associates Inc.

Secretary, director, organizer Terra Chemicals International Inc., Sioux City, Iowa. Organizer World Seeds Inc. Consultant to Secretary Agriculture.



President University Illinois Foundation. Member Pan.-American Council (past president), National Corn Husking Contest Association (president), University Illinois Alumni Association (board directors), University Illinois Journalism Alumni Association (board directors), American Agricultural Editors Association (secretary. President 1946), Overseas Press Club, Chicago Press Club.

Clubs: Players (New York City). Cliff Dwellers, Adventurers (Chicago).


Married Lillian Ann Murphy, September 8, 1941. Children: Terry John, Karen Nell, Robert Dean, Cheryl Ann, David Charles, Colleen Ruth.

Charles Gottlieb Strohm

Nellie Ethel (Davidson) Strohm

Lillian Ann Murphy

Terry John Strohm

Karen Nell Strohm

Robert Dean Strohm

Cheryl Ann Strohm

David Charles Strohm

Colleen Ruth Strohm