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John William Gardner, American writer, educator. Recipient United States Air Force Exceptional Services award, 1956; Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1964; National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare medal, 1966; U.A.W. Social Justice award, 1968; Eem. Legacy award Anti-Defamation League, 1968; American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations Murray Green medal, 1970.


Gardner, John William was born on October 8, 1912 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of William and Marie (Flora) Gardner.


AB, Stanford University, 1935. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, 1938. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University California, 1959.

Degree (honorary).


Writer and consultant. Assistant in Psychology, University of California 1936-1938. Instructor in Psychology, Connecticut College 1938-1940.

Assistant Professor Mount Holyoke College 1940-1942. Head Latin-American Section, Foreign Broadcasting Intelligence Service, Federation Communications Commission 1942-1943. Served United States Marine Corps 1943-1946.

Staff; Executive Association 1947-1949, Vice-President 1949-1955, President 1955-1965, Consultant 1968-1977. President Carnegie Foundation 1955-1965. United States Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare 1965-1968.

Head of Urban Coalition (Campaign to transform cities of America) 196870. Director New York Telephone Company 1961-1965, Shell Oil Company 1962-1965, Time Inc. 1968-1972, American Airlines 1968-1971.

Chairman Common Cause (Citizen’s Lobby) 1970-1977, Chairman Independent Sector 1980-1983. Director Leadership Studies, Independent Sector 1984-1989, Miriam and Peter Haas Professor Stanford University since 1989. Fellow', American Academy, of Arts and Sciences.

Chairman Society Sciences Panel, Scientific Advisory Bd.t United States.A.F. 1951-1955. Director New York School of Social Work 1949-1955, Metropolitan Museum of Art 1957-1965, Stanford University 1968-1982, Rockefeller Brothers Fund 1968-1977, New York Foundation 1970-1976, Senior Executive Council, Conference Board 1970-1975. President Kennedy’s Task Force on Education 1960.

Chairman United States Advisory Commission, on Institute Education and Cultural Affairs 1962-1964, President Johnson's Task Force on Education 1964, White House Conference on Education 1965, President’s Commission, on Agenda for the 1980’s, President’s Commission, on White House Fellowships 1977-1981. Special Adviser Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies 1977-1979. Consultant, United Way of America 1977-1984.



Chairman National Civic League, 1994-1996. Trustee New York School Social Work, 1949-1955, Metropolitan Museum Art, 1957-1965, Stanford University, 1968-1982, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, 1968-1977, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1978-1982, Enterprise Foundation, 1982-1991. Served to captain United States Marine Corps, 1943-1946.


Married Aida Marroquin, August 18, 1934. Children: Stephanie Gardner Trimble, Francesca Gardner.

William Gardner

Marie (Flora) Gardner

Aida Marroquin

Stephanie Gardner Trimble Gardner

Francesca Gardner