Deceased September 21, 2016

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In Memory

Don Oehlerts, who was with the class of 1953 for our freshmen and sophomore years, died Sept. 21 in Fort Collins, Colo. Don was 89.

Don was a native of Waterloo, Iowa. Just before the end of World War II, he was drafted into the Army and served in Korea with forces charged with the postwar rebuilding of that country.

Upon discharge, Don attended Amherst but left to finish his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin. He entered the library field, obtaining a degree in library science and later a doctorate in education at Indiana University. He eventually became the dean of libraries at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Upon retirement from Miami, he taught librarianship at Clark Atlantic University in Atlanta for several years.

Don’s obituary in the Fort Collins Coloradoan credited him with “many significant contributions” in the library field during his long career.

Don and his wife, Beth, moved to Fort Collins in 2001. Besides Beth, Don is survived by three daughters, two sons and seven grandchildren. 

George Gates ’53

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