Tanner, Terence A(rthur) 1948-2003

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TANNER, Terence A(rthur) 1948-2003


See index for CA sketch: Born December 21, 1948, in Chicago, IL; died of complications from esophageal cancer, December 11, 2003. Businessman and author. Tanner was a highly respected antiquarian book dealer and owner of Hamill & Barker Antiquarian Booksellers in Evanston, Illinois. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics at Knox College in 1970, but his love for books led to a job as manager of Van Allen Bradley, a bookseller in Chicago. From 1972 to 1974 he was an associate at another bookseller in Chicago, Kenneth Nebenzahl, Inc.; he then briefly owned his own bookselling company before being hired by Francis Hamill and Margery Barker in 1975. Tanner became their partner in 1980, and after the original owners retired in 1987 he became the sole proprietor of Hamill & Barker. As a bookseller and businessman, Tanner earned a reputation for honesty in dealing with everyone from patrons to competitors; he was also renowned among his colleagues for his encyclopedic knowledge of many different topics, with one of his specialties being book imprints and newspapers published in Illinois. As a book scholar, Tanner also wrote for such periodicals as Western Illinois Regional Studies and was the author of Frank Waters: A Bibliography with Relevant Selections from His Correspondence (1983).



Chicago Tribune, January 2, 2004, section 3, p. 5.