The University of Lethbridge extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Earle Zeigler, who passed away Sept. 29 in Richmond, British Columbia at the age of 99.
Zeigler, a renowned researcher and author in physical activity education and educational sport, received an honorary Doctor of Science from the U of L in 1997. A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, he enjoyed a lengthy career in kinesiology and physical education. He is known as a pioneer in studying the socio-cultural dimensions of sport and physical activity and was instrumental in offering the first sport administration course at The University of Western Ontario.
His first university appointment was at Yale in 1943, where he taught physical education and coached football and wrestling. He joined Western in 1949, eventually becoming the head of the Department of Physical, Health and Recreation Education and coaching football, swimming and wrestling. After stints at The University of Michigan and the University of Illinois, he returned to Western to serve as the first dean of the Faculty of Physical Education. After retiring in 1989, Zeigler devoted his time to writing and research, consulting and professional service. He is the author of 57 books and monographs, as well as more than 440 articles.
Zeigler received numerous awards for his work, including two other honorary doctorates from the University of Windsor and The University of Western Ontario.
A celebration of life is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25. The U of L will lower its flag in honour of Zeigler on that day.
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