Frederick Wilfrid Lancaster (September 4, 1933 - August 25, 2013)

McKiernan, Gerard [LIB] gerrymck at IASTATE.EDU
Fri Aug 30 10:58:59 EDT 2013

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Frederick Wilfrid Lancaster, ... 79, of Urbana, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2013 in his home.

Wilf was born September 4, 1933, in Stanley, County Durham, England to Frederick and Mary (Blackburn) Lancaster.

Wilf was preceded in death by his parents Frederick and Mary, his three sisters, Alma, Freda and Cecilia, his son Michael and his grandson Alex. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Cesaria, his children Miriam, Owen, Jude, Aaron, Lakshmi and Raji, and his 13 grandchildren, Shane, Aaron, Rachael, Madeline, Joshua, Evan, Emma, Gabrielle, Ava, Mason, Emilia, Ravi and Francesca. Some of his happiest moments occurred in the last few years of his life, including when he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with his entire family. He also took great pleasure in spending time with his children and grandchildren, taking them to zoos and carousels throughout the world. ... .


 In 1970, he became an associate professor in the University of Illinois’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science and was named a full professor in 1972, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. He also was the editor of Library Trends, the academic journal of the GSLIS.

He was the author of 15 books, numerous of which were named book of the year by the American Society for Information Science or the American Library Association. He consulted on information storage and retrieval with organizations around the world as diverse as the Army Corp of Engineers, Standard Oil, UNESCO and the American Film Institute. He presented courses or guest lectures at more than 50 colleges and universities across the globe, from Brazil to Norway to China and was a keynote speaker or presenter at countless conferences. Thrice he was awarded Fulbright teaching fellowships (an honor usually awarded only twice), was named a University of Illinois University Scholar for the final three years of his professorial career and he was an early predictor of electronic media and storage systems, coining the term the “paperless society” in 1977.


I had the privilege of having him as my advisor at the University of Illinois (1974-1975).

He was a truly gifted researcher, writer, and individual ...


Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
Science Technology Librarian
Iowa State University
152 Parks Library
Ames IA 50011


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