International Centre for Olympic Studies

Earle F. Zeigler Lecture

Earle F. ZeiglerIn 1991, the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario decided to recognize the achievements of Earle F. Zeigler, its first Dean, by establishing a lecture in his name. His broad range of scholarly interests spans sport philosophy, sport history, and sport administration, and the Zeigler lectures, likewise, have been given by distinguished professionals from diverse fields. In 1998, responsibility for hosting the Zeigler Lecture was placed in the hands of the International Center for Olympic Studies.

Earle F. Zeigler was born on 20 August 1919 in New York City, USA. At 21, he earned a B.A. in German from prestigious Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. In the subsequent 11 years he achieved an M.A. in German and a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of education, both from Yale University. Earle was a top-notch athlete in several sports – football, wrestling, swimming, and table tennis.

Before his semi-retirement, Zeigler taught, coached, researched, published, and administered at four great universities, Yale, Michigan, Illinois, and Western). More than 100 students took their Master’s and Ph.D. work with him, many of them subsequently becoming distinguished leaders in their field. In his almost half-century career, Zeigler authored over 400 published works, including widely-used textbooks and articles in distinguished journals.

Zeigler’s outstanding dedication and service to professional societies and associations is well documented. For this he has been honored as few have been in the history of physical education/kinesiology. Both CAHPER and AAAHPERD bestowed upon him their highest honors. In 1978 he was named Alliance Scholar of the Year. In 1975 the University of Windsor conferred on him an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree; the University of Lethbridge recognized his enduring excellence by awarding him an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, in 1997. Of all the societies and organizations Zeigler served, none is more prestigious and influential than the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Zeigler served on nine of the Academy's various committees since his election to Fellow in 1966; he was called to the Presidency of the Academy in 1981. In 1989, he received the Academy’s most coveted distinction, the Clark W. Hetherington Award. Now in semi-retirement, Zeigler lives in Richmond, BC.

Earle's detailed autobiography can be accessed here (pdf).

Past Earle F. Zeigler Lectures

1990: Gerry Glassford, Canada 2004: Earle F. Zeigler, Canada
1991: Earle F. Zeigler, Canada 2005: Richard King, USA
1992: William Morgan, USA 2006: Donnie Pei, China
1993: Gordon A. Olafson, Canada 2007: No Lecture Given
1994: Scott Kretchmar, USA 2008: Susan Brownell, USA
1995: Terry R. Haggerty, Canada 2009: No Lecture Given
1996: Ronald Smith, USA 2010: Larry Gerlach, USA
1997: Garth Paton, Canada 2011: Laura Robinson, Canada
1998: No Lecture Given 2012: Barbara Keys, Australia
1999: Richard H. McLaren, Canada 2013: No Lecture Given
2000: Andrew Jennings, England 2014: Helen Jefferson Lenskyj, Canada
2001: No Lecture Given 2015: No Lecture Given
2002: J. Koss & K. Harris, Norway/Canada 2016: Richard Pound, Canada
2003: Ingomar Weiler, Austria