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Librarian

Ralph Anthony VanHandel was American librarian. Named Indiana Library of the Year, 1971; recipient Sagamore of Wabash, 1984. Member of American Library Association, Kansas Library. Association (vice president 1951), Indiana Library. Association (president 1963-1964), Anselm Forum (secretary 1964, vice president 1965), Knights of Columbus.

Background

VanHandel, Ralph Anthony was born on January 17, 1919 in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Frank Henry and Gertrude Mary (Schmidt) VanHandel.

Education

Bachelor, University of Wisconsin, 1946;Bachelor of Arts in Library. Science, University of Michigan, 1947.

Career

Head library, Lawrence (Kansas) Free Public Library., 1947-1951;head library, Hibbing (Minnesota) Public Library., 1951-1954;library director, Gary (Indiana) Public Library., 1954-1974;library director, Wells Memorial Public Library., Lafayette, Indiana (name now Tippecanoe County Public Library.), 1974-1984;library consultant, Wells Memorial Public Library., Lafayette, Indiana (name now Tippecanoe County Public Library.), since 1963. Member Indiana Library Certified Board, 1969-1984, Indiana State Library and History Building Expansion Commission, 1973-1981.

Membership

Member of American Library Association, Kansas Library. Association (vice president 1951), Indiana Library. Association (president 1963-1964), Anselm Forum (secretary 1964, vice president 1965), Knights of Columbus.

Connections

Married Alice Catherine Hogan, October 27, 1945. Children: William Patrick, Karen Jean, Mary Jo.

father:
Frank Henry VanHandel

mother:
Gertrude Mary (Schmidt) VanHandel

spouse:
Alice Catherine Hogan

children:
William Patrick VanHandel

Karen Jean VanHandel

Mary Jo VanHandel