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John Ewart Wallace Sterling

university chancellor.

John Ewart Wallace Sterling, Canadian university chancellor.

Background

Sterling, John Ewart Wallace was born on August 6, 1906 in Linwood, Ontario, Canada. Son of William Sterling and Annie (Wallace) Sterling.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, University Toronto, 1927. Master of Arts, University Alberta, 1930. Doctor of Philosophy., Stanford University, 1938.

Doctor of Laws, Pomona College, Occidental College, 1949, U. San Francisco, U. Toronto, 1950, U. B.C., Northwestern University, University of California, 1958, U. Denver, Loyola University, McGill University, 1961, Columbia University, 1962, McMaster U., 1966, Harvard University, 1968, U. Alberta, 1970. Doctor of Civil Law, Durham U., England, 1953. The Doctor of Letters, University Caen, France, 1957, University of Southern California, 1960.

Doctor of Humane Letters, St. Mary’s College, 1962, Santa Clara U., 1963, Mills College, 1967, U. Utah, 1968. Lecturer history Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada) College, 1927-1928. Assistant in history, director physical education U. Alberta, 1928-1930.

Member research staff Hoover War Library, Stanford University, 1932-1937, instructor history, 1935-1937. Assistant professor of history California Institute Technology, 1937-1940, associate professor, 1940-1942, professor of history, 1942-1945, Edward S. Harkness professor of history and government, Executive Committee, 1945-1948, chairman faculty, 1944-1946. News analyst Columbia Broadcasting System, 1942-1948.

Director Huntington Library, 1948-1949. President Stanford University, 1949-1968, lifetime chancellor, 1968. Past director Fireman’s Fund American Insurance Companies, Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation, Shell Oil Corporation, Tridair Industries, Dean Witter & Company.

Civilian faculty National War College, 1947, board consultant, 1948-1952. Board visitors United States Naval Academy, 1956-1958, Tulane University, 1960-1974. Member of national advisory council Health Research Facilities, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1956-1957.

Career

Assistant in history, dir. Assistant professor of history Calif. Director Huntington Library, 1948-1949.

President Stanford University, 1949-1968, lifetime chancellor, 1968. Editor: (with H.H. Fisher, X.J. Eudin) Features and Figures of the Past (Virgin Islands Gurko), 1939.

Works

  • Editor: (with H.H. Fisher, X.J. Eudin) Features and Figures of the Past (Virgin Islands Gurko), 1939. Chairman Commission Presidential Scholars, 1965-1968. Advisory board Office Naval Research, 1953-1956.

    Chairman American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, 1969-1970. Member Ford Internat.

Membership

Fellowship Board, 1960, Canada-American Committee, 1957-1974, American advising committee Ditchley Foundation, England, 1962-1976. Member advising committee foreign relations unites states department State, 1965-1968. Member British-North America Committee, 1969-1974.

Fellow American Geography Society. Member Council on Foreign Relations, Western College Association (president 1953), American, Pacific Coast history associations, Association American Universities (president 1962-1964). Clubs: Commonwealth (Palo Alto, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles), Bohemian (Palo Alto, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles), California (Palo Alto, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles), Burlingame Country (Palo Alto, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles), Pacific-Union (Palo Alto, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles), University (Palo Alto, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles) (honorary).

Connections

Married Anna Marie Shaver, August 7, 1930. Children: William W., Susan Hardy (Mistress.

father:
William Sterling Sterling

mother:
Annie (Wallace) Sterling

spouse:
Anna Marie Shaver

children:
William W. Sterling

Susan Hardy (Mrs Sterling