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Dr. Henry L. Alsmeyer Jr.


1926 - 2011
Dr. Henry L. Alsmeyer, Jr.
Dr. Henry L. Alsmeyer, Jr., 84 of Brenham, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in Scott & White Hospital-Brenham.
He was born Sept. 13,1926 in San Benito, Texas to Henry Louis and Susie Elizabeth (Thompson) Alsmeyer. He was a 1943 graduate of Robstown, Texas High School. He served from 1944-1945 in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a weather communications specialist. Dr. Alsmeyer entered Texas A&M with the class of 1947, Bachelor of Journalism, The University of Texas, Austin (1948), the Master of Arts (English) (1958), Texas A&I College, now Texas A&M-Kingsville, the Master of Science (Library Science) (1966), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, the Doctor of Philosophy (English), Texas A&M University (1973).
While at The University of Texas, he met Marie Bennett. They married Nov. 5, 1948 at First Presbyterian Church, Falfurrias, Texas.
His early career was in journalism, including service as a staff writer for "The Caller-Times" of Corpus Christi, Texas and as charter faculty (1956) of the Presbyterian Pan American School, Kingsville, Texas. He served on college campuses as a librarian and as library administrator. He was Associate Director of Libraries in the mid 1970's at Texas A&M University. He served from 1976-1989 as Director of Libraries at Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas, where he was honored as named director emeritus.
Dr. Alsmeyer was ordained to church office in 1953 in the Presbyterian Church, U.S. and later served as a ruling elder in congregations in Kingsville, College Station, Tyler and Conway, Arkansas. He taught Sunday church school for many years as well as serving at regional levels.
He was an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America, Alpha Phi Omega, the Scout's service fraternity in higher education, life member of Sigma Delta Chi-Society of Professional Journalists, Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honorary. He served in state, regional and national library professional associations, including leadership posts. Dr. Alsmeyer was a retired member of the Texas Library Association.
His hobbies and interests included gardening, research and Texas history.
He was preceded in death by parents and wife Marie Bennett Alsmeyer on April 5, 2011.
Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law, David and Janice Alsmeyer of Ipswich,
Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2011
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