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Lester A. Kirkendall

AKA Lester Allen Kirkendall

Born: 15-Nov-1903
Died: 31-May-1991
Location of death: Corvalis, OR
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Agnostic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Sociologist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Premarital Intercourse and Interpersonal Relationships

Sociologist Lester A. Kirkendall began teaching sex education in 1928, and wrote numerous books and pamphlets explaining the facts of life in an era long before "sex education" was a part of standard education curriculum. In 1976 he wrote the first draft of the American Humanist Association's "Bill of Sexual Rights and Responsibilities", which called for a more balanced view of sex, including sex reasons other than mere procreation, with more open access to information, and fewer taboos. With Mary Calderone, he was a founding member of the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

    University: BS, Kansas State University (1928)
    University: MA, Columbia University (1931)
    University: PhD, Teachers College, Columbia University (1935)
    Professor: Family Life, Oregon State University (1949-69)

    Humanist of the Year 1983
    American Humanist Association
    Planned Parenthood

Author of books:
Sex Adjustments of Young Men (1940)
Goals for American Education (1948, with Irvin R. Kuenzli and Floyd W. Reeves)
Student Councils in Action (1953, with Franklin R. Zeran)
A Reading and Study Guide for Students in Marriage and Family Relations (1960)
Premarital Intercourse and Interpersonal Relationships (1961)
Sex In the Adolescent Years: New Directions in Guiding and Teaching Youth (1968, with Isadore Rubin)
Sex In the Childhood Years: Expert Guidance for Parents, Counselors, and Teachers (1970, with Isadore Rubin)
The New Sexual Revolution (1971, with Robert N. Whitehurst)
The Students' Guide to Marriage and Family Life Literature and Aid to Individualized Study (1971, with Wesley James Adams)
Marriage and the Family in the Year 2020 (1984, with Arthur E. Gravatt)


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