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Cremin, Lawrence Arthurlocked

(31 October 1925–04 September 1990)
  • Patricia Albjerg Graham


Cremin, Lawrence Arthur (31 October 1925–04 September 1990), educator, was born Lawrence Cremin in New York City, the son of Arthur T. Cremin and Theresa Borowick, music school proprietors. Early in his career Cremin took his father’s first name as his middle name, a reflection of the close relationship between them. To use one of his favorite words, Cremin was a “quintessential” New Yorker, a product of its public schools for high-achieving students: the Model School of Hunter College; Townsend Harris High School, where he received his diploma at the age of fifteen; and the College of the City of New York, where he earned a B.S. in social science in 1946. Cremin’s father wished him to enter the family music business, but while studying music education at Teachers College, Columbia University, he encountered George S. Counts and his colleagues in the Department of Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education. Cremin switched his emphasis to the history of education and received his A.M. in 1947 and his Ph.D. in 1949 from Columbia University. His doctoral thesis became the basis for his first book, ...

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