EARLE F. ZIEGLER, Ph.D.
August 20, 1919-September 29, 2018
National Academy of Kinesiology - Fellow #184
Earle F. Ziegler, PhD, passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Earle celebrated a wonderful 99th birthday in August of 2018 and had been doing well until he became ill with the pneumonia about three weeks before he passed away. His wife Anne, daughter Barbara, and grandson Kenan survive him. He was a friend, colleague, mentor, and unparalleled leader in Kinesiology. Earle was born on August 20, 1919 in New York City. At 21, he earned a BA in German from the prestigious Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. In the subsequent 11 years he earned an MA in German and a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Education, both from Yale University. Earle was a top-caliber athlete in several sports, including football, wrestling, swimming, and table tennis.
Earle’s professional career began as Aquatics Director at a Young Men’s Christian Association in Connecticut in 1941. From 1943-1949 he taught physical education and coached football and wrestling at Yale University. He also engaged in part-time teaching at the University of Connecticut, New Haven campus, and the University of Western Ontario, Canada, during this time. In 1950 he was named Head of the Department of Physical, Health, and Recreation Education at the University of Western Ontario, a role he continued in until 1956. While at Western Ontario, he also coached three sports (i.e., football, swimming, and wrestling). In 1961 he joined the University of Michigan as Department Chair. He moved to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1964, where he served as Department Head until 1969. In 1972 he returned to Western Ontario where he served as the first Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology (nee Physical Education) until 1977. He retired from Western Ontario in 1989. Throughout his career, more than 100 students completed their masters and doctoral work with him, and many of them subsequently became distinguished leaders in the field.
Of course, Earle never completely retired. During his semi-retirement, he was a prolific and devoted author, speaker, consultant, and professional servant. From 1948-2015, Earle published 57 books and monographs, and 445 journal articles in the areas of sport philosophy, sport history, sport management, comparative and international aspects, and professional preparation. He is also the namesake of the prestigious Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award that is awarded annually by the North American Society for Sport Management.
Earle’s outstanding dedication and service to professional and scholarly societies and associations are well documented. Among other things he served as President of the International Association for Sport Philosophy (née Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport) during 1974-75; as part of a small work group he helped found the North American Society for Sport Management in 1985, and was named Honorary Past President in 1986; and he served as President of the National Academy of Kinesiology (nee American Academy of Physical Education; American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education) during 1981-1982. He was the first and only Charter Fellow elected into the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals by both Canada and the United States.
Among the many honors, awards, and recognitions he received throughout his life, the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance bestowed upon him their highest awards (i.e., the “Honour Award”, Alliance Scholar, and Gulick Award, respectively). Other organizations have recognized his contributions with major awards, honors, and recognitions, too. He is the recipient of three honorary doctorates including: in 1975 the University of Windsor conferred upon him an Honorary Doctor of Law degree; in 1997 the University of Lethbridge recognized his enduring excellence by awarding him an Honorary Doctor of Science degree; and in 2006 Western University (nee Western Ontario), Canada, bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree.
A passionate and devoted leader, he served as the conscience of the profession and discipline throughout his working and adult life, which spanned more than 75 years. For his outstanding contributions, Earle was elected Fellow #184 into the National Academy of Kinesiology in 1966, was elected to serve the Academy as its President during 1981-1982, and he received the Academy’s highest honor, the Hetherington Award, in 1990. Clearly Earle’s work was vast. It was also influential and substantive. His legacy is being maintained, in part, by granting free access to several downloadable versions of his recent books and articles. See: http:// earlezeigler.com