Jack London

Personal Vita


Compiled by Roger Hiemstra






Jack London.

[J. London]



Compiled by Roger Hiemstra, June, 1990; Data gathered by several students, including data gathered by Bette Rex, ATE 611 student, Fall, 1989.



Commission of Professors of Adult Education [CPAE] and Adult Education Association of the U.S.A. [AEA-USA] collections at Syracuse University.


[Source: Roger Hiemstra]



Born in Duluth, MN, son of Hyman (a merchant) and Dora Sanders London. Married Ethel Robbins (a teacher and nurse), 1947-11-22. Children--Robin London Forstein, Jack Murray, and Daniel Gary. On the faculty in Adult Education at the University of California at Berkeley during the latter part of his career. Honors on Ph.D. Examination in Sociology, University of Chicago, 1949. Distinguished Teaching Citation at the University of California, 1972, 1978; received the Distinguished Service award from Adult Education Association of the USA [AEA-USA] in 1978. Served on editorial board of several journals (ADULT EDUCATION, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, CHANGING EDUCATION, and SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION JOURNAL).


[source: various student papers]






Bette Rex, ATE 611 student, Fall, 1989.






Bette Rex, ATE 611 student, Fall, 1989.



1939--A.B., Sociology, Central YMCA College, Chicago, IL.

1941--Summer program in metallurgy at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, 390 hour certificate.

1952--Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

1958--Summer Faculty Fellow, Institute of Gerontology, University of Connecticut, Stoors, CT.


[source: various student papers]



1931-1939--Lithographer Apprenticeship, I. S. Berlin Printing Company, Chicago, IL.

1939-1941--Specialized in on-the-job training with various lithographers while attending graduate school, Chicago, IL.

1941-1942--Metallurgical Inspector, Buick Aviation Engine Plant, Melrose Park, IL (active in the UAW-CIO during this period).

1942-1945--U.S. Army Engineers, Grantee Officer and two years in the European Theatre of Operations.

1946-1948--Training Specialist supervising on-the-job training in industry, Veterans Administration, Chicago, IL.

1948-1953--Research Assistant, Research Associate, and Assistant Professor of Industrial Relations, Industrial Relations Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

1948-1953--Instructor in workers education on a part-time basis, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.

1953-1954--Assistant Professor and Assistant Research Sociologist, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

1954-1957--Assistant Professor, Adult Education, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

1957-1964--Associate Professor, Adult Education, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

1958-1970--Member of Interdisciplinary faculty in Community Development; participated in all training programs for foreign and American community development advisory and for Peace Corps volunteers, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

1964-1983--Professor, Adult Education, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

1965--Visiting Lecturer, Industrial Relations, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

1966--Visiting Professor, Sociology of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.

1969-1970--Visiting Professor, Adult Education, University College, University of East Africa, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

1970--Visiting Professor, Adult Education, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

1971--Visiting Professor, Adult Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

1972--Consultant, Workers Education Conference on Family Planning, Malaysian Federation of Labour, Malaysia.

1974-1976--Director, University of California Nairobi Study Center, Nairobi, Kenya, and Visiting Professor, Department of Education, Faculty of Arts and in the Adult Studies Centre, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.

1974-1976--Academic External Examiner, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

1983-1988--Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, CA.


[source: various student papers]



American workers.

Community needs.

International education.




Social commitment.


[source: Bette Rex, ATE 611 student, Fall, 1989; WHO'S WHO, Vol. 45, 1988-89; LEADERS IN EDUCATION, 4th ed. 1971]



Wenkert, Robert.


[source: Bette Rex, ATE 611 student, Fall, 1989]



Adult Education of the USA (Executive Board member, 1955-1958) [AEA-USA].

Adult Literacy Center in Berkeley.

African Adult Education Association [AAEA].

American Sociological Association.

Association for Humanistic Psychology.

Basic Choices.

Berkeley Adult School.

Berkeley Center for Human Interaction.

Berkeley Senior Housing Association.

Berkeley University Federation of Teachers.

Citizens for Farm Labor.

Commission of Professor of Adult Education (Chair, 1960-1962) [CPAE].

Community Resources Institute.

Laymen's School of Religion.

Lithographer's Union (Local President).

Service Committee on Public Education.

Society for the Study of Social Problems.


[source: various student papers]



Director, University of California Nairobi Study Center, Nairobi, Kenya, 1974-1976.

Member of a national advisory committee on the future of adult education and learning projects, Syracuse University Research Corporation, 1973.


[source: various student papers]



Berkeley, CA.

Chicago, IL.


[source: Roger Hiemstra]




Published many articles and monographs.


The following are some samples:


London, Jack. Decision making in a local union: A case study. Ph.D. diss., University of Chicago, 1952.


London, Jack and Wenkert, Robert. SOME REFLECTIONS ON DEFINING ADULT EDUCATION. Berkeley, CA: University of California Survey Research Center, 1963.


London, Jack. Studies of the American worker. In BLUE COLLAR WORLD, edited by A. B. Shostak and W. Combert. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1964.


London, Jack and Wenkert, Robert. American adult education: An approach to a definition of the field. ADULT LEADERSHIP 13 (1964): 166-168, 191-196.


London, Jack; Wenkert, Robert; and Hagstrom, Warren O. ADULT EDUCATION AND SOCIAL CLASS. Berkeley, CA: University of California Survey Research Center, 1965.


London, Jack. The continuing education of women: A challenge for our society. ADULT LEADERSHIP 14 (1966): 326-328, 338-340.


London, Jack. A perspective on programming in adult education: A critical challenge. ADULT LEADERSHIP 15 (1967): 258-260, 291-293.


London, Jack. The social setting for adult education. In HANDBOOK OF ADULT EDUCATION edited by Robert M. Smith, George. F. Aker, and J. Roby. Kidd. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1970.



Audio interview of Jack London by Herbert. C. Hunsaker, 1953, Adult Education Collection, Bird Library, Syracuse University.