John P. Gerber, 65, librarian and historian





John Paul Gerber of Quincy, Mass., passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 12, 2010, after a valiant year-long fight against pancreatic cancer. He was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Feb.12, 1945, and grew up in Stillwater, Okla., and Menomonie.

...John received academic degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin, where he received his PhD in history under the direction of well-known professor of history, Harvey Goldberg.

Among John's scholarly writings, published in several languages, is his definitive biographical history of the early 20th century Dutch astronomer Anton Pannekoek, and the intellectual role he played in the European social reform movements of that era; (Anton Pannekoek and The Socialism Of Workers' Self Emancipation 1873-1960).

John taught various classes in his specialty at many of the prestigious universities in the Boston area. He subsequently received his MLS degree from Simmons College, and after serving as an archivist at Harvard Law School, became a medical librarian at VA Boston Healthcare System at the West Roxbury Va., and then acted as the primary librarian for the Boston Healthcare System from 2009 until his death....

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