Rodney S. Gobrecht, librarian

Rodney S. Gobrecht, a retired Baltimore County public school librarian and media services specialist, died Monday of lung cancer at his Reisterstown home. He was 76.

Mr. Gobrecht was born and raised in Hanover, Pa., where he graduated in 1954 from Eichelberger High School.

After graduating from Gettysburg College in 1958, he served in the Army. He later earned a master's degree in library science from the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Gobrecht began his career in city public schools, and he worked for more than 30 years for Baltimore County public schools as a librarian and media services specialist.

During his career, Mr. Gobrecht rose from teacher to librarian and finally to administrator. In 1988, the Association of Central Office Educators of Baltimore County named him its Man of the Year. He retired in 2002.

After retiring, he worked for several years in sales for Baker & Taylor, a book distribution company.

A softball player, Mr. Gobrecht played in various slo-pitch leagues until he was in his 70s, family members said. He was also an avid Civil War buff.

Mr. Gobrecht was a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he was a veteran Sunday school teacher.

His wife of 35 years, the former Donna Karper, died in 1998.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at his church, 4618 Black Rock Road, Upperco.

Surviving are his wife of 11 years, the former Charlene Meckley; two sons, Philip M. Gobrecht of Reisterstown and Christopher S. Gobrecht of Cumberland; three stepdaughters, Lori Hunter of Bradenton, Fla., Lleuwana Powers of Hahira, Ga., and Gwenn Knopp of Little Rock, Ark.; a sister, Phyllis G. Warner of Hanover, Pa.; nine step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

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