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anthropologist , educator , writer

George Dearborn Spindler, American anthropologist, educator, writer.


Spindler, George Dearborn was born on February 28, 1920 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Frank Nicholas and Winifred (Hatch) Spindler.


Bachelor of Science, Central State Teachers College, Wisconsin, 1940. Master of Arts, University Wisconsin, 1947. Doctor of Philosophy, University California at Los Angeles, 1952.


Teacher school in, Wisconsin, 1940-1942. Research associate Stanford University, 1950-1951, professor anthropology and education, 1954—2006, executive head department, 1963—1967. Consultant editor Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1965-1991, Harcourt, 1991-1999, Wadsworth-Thomson, since 2002.

Visiting professor University Wisconsin, 1979-1985, University California, Santa Barbara, 1986-1991, Harvard University, 1999.



President Peninsula School Board, Menlo Park, California, 1954-1956. Served with Army of the United States, 1942-1945. Fellow American Anthropological Association.

Member Southwestern Anthropological Association (president 1962-1963), Council for Anthropology and Education (president 1982, George and Louise Spindler award for outstanding contributions to educational anthropology 1987, distinguished Scholar award 1998), National Academy Education.


Married Louise Schaubel, May 29, 1942 (deceased February 1997). 1 daughter, Sue Carol Spindler Coleman.

Frank Nicholas Spindler

Winifred (Hatch) Spindler

Louise Schaubel