Edward Frank Zigler

Born: Sat., Mar. 1, 1930
Died: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019


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Edward Frank Zigler, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Yale University and Director Emeritus of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale, passed away on Feb. 7, 2019. A leading researcher on child development and children's welfare, he is best known as one of the architects of the Head Start program, and has served as an advisor on child and family policy issues for every White House Administration from Presidents Johnson to Obama. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and taught for one year at the University of Missouri before joining the faculty at Yale in 1959. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the U. S. Army during the Korean War, and was born the child of immigrants in Kansas City, Missouri in 1930. He is survived by his son, Perrin Scott Zigler, his daughter-in-law Korin Marie Zigler, granddaughters Miranda Elizabeth Zigler and Maya Elyse Zigler, and younger sister Maurine Agron. He was preceeded in death by his wife, Bernice Zigler, in 2017. Services will be private, a memorial service will be held at Yale University sometime this spring. To sign the online guestbook please visit hawleylincolnmemorial.com.

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Vicki Seitz
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
As I was told before I came to work with him, "He will lead you to do things your are proud of!" Ed always demanded the best of people--and he knew what your best was and would accept nothing less! No wonder he contributed so much both personally and to the world! A great light has gone from my life, and I grieve for his family and all his other friends and colleagues and former students and everyone else who will feel this loss. He will be always in my heart.

Mary Elizabeth Lang
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
One day in the 1980s, Susan Muenchow and I were working past office hours at Yale to help Ed Zigler hone his Congressional testimony on the need for paid time off for parents to care for newborns and sick children. Ironically, a virus was going around the New Haven Public Schools that week, and she and I each had a sick child at home being cared for by relatives. We urged Ed to hurry up and accept the edited draft so we could get home, and he found something else he wanted to change. We went back to the computer grumbling, and he said to us, "You know, this is important. We're doing God's work here." Since Ed wasn't particularly religious (and we were), I took that comment as tongue-in-cheek. Years later, the Family and Medical Care Leave Act of 1993 finally passed Congress, and I thought to myself that all the time I worked with Ed we were doing God's work. Not only was he instrumental in developing the Head Start program, but he also pushed for every state to adopt child safety seat legislation and day care regulations. I send my deepest condolences to Scott, his extended family and to all his former colleagues. Godspeed, Ed.

Dorothy A Mautte
   Posted Mon February 11, 2019
Our sincere condolences to your and your family on the passing of your Father.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know when the Memorial
Service will be held this Spring.

In Deepest Sympathy,

Dot Mautte & Ewa Kobierowski

M. Alex Geertsma, M.D.
   Posted Tue February 12, 2019
Like countless others, as an undergraduate, I had the great privilege of being taught and inspired by Ed. Many years later, he was a great personal and professional help in our putting together integrated programs between pediatrics and child psychology in his Schools for the 21st century and our version of the pediatric medical home. He was responsible for so many magnificent advances in the field and the successful careers of so many over the decades. The country and all families owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.

Harold B Koch
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
Scott, it's important to remember that your father was the son of loving, pious and generous Mother and Father. Gittel and Lazar Zigler, immigrants from Poland were
exemplars of love and generosity. Not with money, they had none, but generous with
Love. They fled Europe to live lives as free Jews in America. To them , America was the
'Goldena Medina.' Ed gave us what he got from them. Harold