Swanson was a mathematician who developed an interest in library and information science. He worked at: Research, TRW Inc. 1955-63; Dean (1963-72/1977-79), and Prof., of the Graduate Library School, Univ. of Chicago. He completed early research and development work on library catalogs. He was involved in early operations research work.
For additional biographical information see:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Swanson ; An obituary for him may be found at: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2012/12/06/don-r-swanson-information-science-pioneer-1924-2012
ASIS&T: Award of Merit