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David Charles Spadafora

educator , historian

David Charles Spadafora, American historian, educator. Named Alumnus of Year, Cincinnati Country Day School, 1994; recipient award for Meritorious Service, Connecticut General Assembly, 1981.


Spadafora, David Charles was born on June 4, 1951 in Hamilton, Ohio, United States. Son of Samuel Charles and Dorothy (Hardy) Spadafora.


Bachelor, Williams College, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1981. D of Letters (honorary), Lake Forest College, 2001.


Instructor Simon's Rock College, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 1977-1978. Lecturer University Connecticut, West Hartford, 1978-1980. Research analyst Connecticut General Assembly, Hartford, 1980-1981.

Dean of Morse College Yale University, 1982, lecturer in history, 1982—1990, dean of Calhoun College, 1982-1985, associate dean of graduate school, 1985—1990. Professor history Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, 1990—2007, dean of faculty, 1990—1993, president, 1993—2007, adjunct professor, since 2007. President, library Newberry Library., Chicago, since 2005.


Board directors Yale Coop, New Haven, 1987-1990, Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic Illinois Unit, 1998-2001, Associate Colleges of the Midwest, 1993-2001, chairman 2000-2001. Board directors CROYA, Lake Forest, Illinois, 1993-2001. Fellow: British-American Project.

Member: American Antiquarian Society, Grolier Club, Mid-American Club, Caxton Club, Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Golf, tennis.


Married Carolyn Elizabeth Gaugler, March 24, 1973. Children: Andrew, Claire.

Samuel Charles Spadafora

Dorothy (Hardy) Spadafora

Carolyn Elizabeth Gaugler

Andrew Spadafora

Claire Spadafora