Frederic Shreiner was born on July 11, 1893 in Canton, Ohio, the
son of Edward and Barbara Leininger Shreiner. He graduated from
Oberlin College with an A.B. degree (economics) in 1916.
Mr. Shreiner served as secretary of the Division Street Department
of the Y.M.C.A. in Chicago, Illinois, 1917-1918. The following
year, 1918-1919, as a Chief Yeoman in the United States Navy, he
in a unit administering psychological tests to new recruits at
Lakes Naval Station in Chicago. At the end of World War I, he became
Director of Foreign Personnel for the American Red Cross in New
York City, 1919-1920, and then an employee interviewer for the
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, 1920-1921.
In 1921, Mr. Shreiner returned to academia. After earning an
A.M. degree in economics from Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts)
in 1922, he taught economics at Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, Michigan),
from 1922 to 1926. After pursuing graduate studies in economics
and political science at the University of Wisconsin (Madison),
political science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1928
to 1932. In 1933, Mr. Shreiner became an investment analyst for
J. Mericka and Company in Cleveland, Ohio before accepting the
position of Secretary to the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce (1937-1940).
During World War II, he served as Director of Personnel in the
United States Automatic Corporation (later a division of the Nordson
in Amherst, Ohio. These same years (1940-1949), he also taught
at Fenn College (now Cleveland State University) in Cleveland,
1949 until his retirement in 1964, Mr. Shreiner taught economics
at the Ferris Institute (now Ferris State College) in Big Rapids,
Throughout his life, John Frederic Shreiner was active in professional
and civic organizations and his church. He was a member of the
American Political Science Association, the American Academy of
and Social Science, the American Statistical Association, and the
Foreign Policy Association. He was also a member of the Board of
Appeals for Zoning in Oxford, Ohio, and the Lorain County (Ohio)
Industrial Council and the Lorain County Safety Council. He served
terms as chairman for both organizations. He was a director of
the Rotary International in Big Rapids, Michigan.
In Oberlin, Shreiner was a member of the Board of Control and
the City Club, serving several terms as President, Historian, and
Resource Person (City Club). At Oberlin’s Christ Episcopal
Church, he sang in the choir, was a member of the vestry, and was
a senior warden. In 1976, he received a Certificate of Appreciation
for his work in the Oberlin Chapter of the American Field Service.
Beginning in 1966, he served for several years as President and class
agent for the Class of 1916 of Oberlin College.
On June 17, 1920, John Frederic Shreiner married Alice Estella
Ralston (A.B. 1919; d. 1970). The couple had two children, Mary
Dennison (b. December 14, 1922; A.B. 1944) and Robert Edward
Shreiner (b. November 22, 1925). A nephew, Richard R. Hill (A.B.
a grandson, Bryant W. Dennison, Jr. (A.B. 1968) also attended
In 1966, John Frederic Shreiner returned to Oberlin, Ohio where
he made his home until 1976 when he moved to live with his
daughter in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He died there on April
A photograph and biographical information about John
Frederic Shreiner are
included in the digital collection “Oberlin
College and Military Service in World War I,” presented
by the Oberlin College Archives.