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Drenner, Donald von Ruysdael (1915-*) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Drenner, Donald von Ruysdael (1915-*)


Historical Note:

1915      Born, November 17, Mound Valley, Kansas.

1920      Began schooling, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1925      Pomona, California for one year. 1936      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1928      Began operation first Amateur Radio Station.

1931      Licensed by the Dept. of Commerce as Radio Operator. Wrote and published first poetry.

1933      Graduated Capital Hill Senior High School, Oklahoma City.

1933-1935  Parsons, Kansas Junior College. Began first Symphony, first Novel. Published in resurrected Magazine, University of Kansas.

1934      University of Kansas. Received Private Pilot License.

1935-1938  Lived on ranch in Calypooyia Mountains in Oregon. Wrote first Opera, second Symphony, book of poetry.

1936      Awarded First prize Poetry Contest.  University of Oregon, Eugene, unregistered part-time student.

1938      Issued Commercial Radio License in Portland, Oregon.

1938-1941  Engineer, Radio Station KGGF. Poetry in anthologies, hundreds of "little magazines" of the period.

1941      Enlisted in July, Royal Air Force. England and Royal Air Force Wireless School, No.2, Yatesbury, Wiltshire, England. Posted in November to, near Arundel, Sussex.

1942      "On loan" to BBC, London as Engineer, Outside Broadcasts, Grafton Studios. Graduate of BBC Engineering School.

1943      Chief Engineer, Office of War information,American Embassy, London. Chief Engineer, Studios, American Forces Network (AFN), London. Attended Cambridge University as unregistered "monitor" under Dr. Katherine Lythgoe.

1944      Chief Engineer, Studio Construction, American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE)London for PWD-SHAEF. Published in (London) and many war-time literary magazines. Landed Omaha Beach, erected transmitter for General DeGaule at Cherbourg. Chief Engineer Radio Luxembourg; Chief Engineer "Operation ANNIE" for OSS. Awarded Citation for activity at Radio Luxembourg transmitter during the Battle of the Bulge.

1945      Married Anna Augusta Davenport. Chief Engineer, SHAEF Mission to The Netherlands. Awarded Citation from Her Majesty's Government for communications work in Holland. Chief Engineer, Radio Frankfurt.

1946-1949  Radio Engineer, Radio Station KGGF. Established Private Press "The Zauberberg Press." First String Quartette performed by Radio Luxembourg Orchestra. Published first Technical pieces, book on Radio Engineering.

1955 Awarded Best Book  awards for typography and printing and binding by Midwestern Books Committee, University of Kentucky Libraries.

1958-1961  Awarded Best Book awards for typography and printing and binding by Midwestern Books Committee, University of Kentucky Libraries.

1959-1977  Head Librarian, Coffeyville Carnegie Public Library.

1964      Winner of prize in Heart of America  poetry contest of Kansas City Star. Awarded Best Book awards for typography and printing and binding by Midwestern Books Committee, University of Kentucky Libraries.

1965-1970  Awarded Life membership in Kansas Library Association. Helped establish Kansas "System Libraries." Chief Engineer, Systems, SEK Library System.

1972-1981  Biomedical Engineer, Consultant, to Coffeyville Memorial Hospital. Established Coronary Care Unit, installed first Cobalt-60 Teletherapy unit in SE KS. 1975      Coronary!

1977      Retired from Carnegie Public Library.

1981      Retired from Memorial Hospital.




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