November 22, 2017

Librarian Alice Lohrer Dies at 95

By Debra Lau

Alice Lohrer, who spent close to six decades as a librarian and educator, died Sept. 15 in Chicago. She was 95. Lohrer spent 23 years on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, serving under several deans, including Robert B. Downs. The university’s graduate school of library and information science named an annual award after Lohrer. It is given to a student who shows outstanding promise in the field of literature and library services for youth.

At her retirement, Lohrer concluded 59 years of professional activity and had received several Fulbright awards, which took her to Tehran and other cities. She also received the President’s Award from the American Association of School Librarians in 1987. Lohrer began her career as a school librarian in Oak Park, IL, where she grew up.

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