Sadler, William A., Jr. 1931- (William A. Sadler, William Alan Sadler, William Alan Sadler, Jr.)

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Sadler, William A., Jr. 1931- (William A. Sadler, William Alan Sadler, William Alan Sadler, Jr.)


Born March 2, 1931, in Evanston, IL; son of William Alan (a realtor) and Marjorie Sadler; married Sylvia Knight, June 23, 1956 (divorced, 1975); married Sallie Inglis (a psychotherapist), April 23, 1977; children: William Alan III, Lisa Gamber, Kirsten C. Edepli. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: University of Michigan, B.A., 1953; Harvard University, Th.M. (with distinction), 1957, Ph.D., 1962; University of Freiburg, graduate study, 1958-59. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Episcopal.


Home—Oakland, CA. Office—Holy Names University, 3900 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA, 94619. Agent—Laurie Harper, Sebastian Agency, 172 E. 6th St., Ste. 2005, St. Paul, MN 55101. E-mail—[email protected]


Episcopal Diocese of New York, parish worker, 1960-64; Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada, assistant professor, 1964-68; Bates College, Lewiston, ME, associate professor, 1968-72; Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ, professor of sociology, and head of interdisciplinary studies, 1972-85; Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA, dean of arts and sciences, professor of sociology, 1985-89; Holy Names University, Oakland, CA, chief academic officer, professor of sociology, 1990-93, professor of sociology and business, chair of business department, 1994-2001. Pacific School of Religion, instructor and workshop leader, 1974. Institute of Vital Aging, founding board member; Spiritual Alliance for Earth, founder and chair; Center for Third Age Leadership, founder and director of research. National Endowment for the Humanities, director of programs, including "American Pursuit of Loneliness," 1975, and "What Is to Become of Us?," 1976.


American Sociological Association, American Association for Higher Education.


Frederick Sheldon traveling fellow, Harvard University, 1958; National Endowment for the Humanities grant, 1972; postdoctoral fellow, Society for Values in Higher Education, 1973.


(Under name William Alan Sadler; editor) Master Sermons through the Ages, Harper (New York, NY), 1963.

Existence and Love: A New Approach in Existential Phenomenology, Scribner (New York, NY), 1969.

(Editor and contributor) Personality and Religion: The Role of Religion in the Formation of Personality, Harper (New York, NY), 1970.

(Under name William A. Sadler) The Third Age: Six Principles of Growth and Renewal after Forty, Perseus Books (Cambridge, MA), 2000.

(Under name William A. Sadler; with James H. Krefft) Changing Course: Navigating Life after Fifty, Center for Third Age Leadership Press (Centennial, CO), 2007.

Contributor to books, including Discovering Man in Psychology: A Humanistic Approach, edited by F. Severin, McGraw, 1973; and The Philosophy of Sport, edited by R. Osterhoudt, C.C. Thomas, 1973. Contributor to periodicals, including Contemporary Sociology, Science Digest, and Humanitas.


William A. Sadler, Jr., is the author of The Third Age: Six Principles of Growth and Renewal after Forty. He based the book on twelve years of research. Marlene Chamberlain, writing in Booklist, reported that The Third Age demonstrates the possibility "to thrive after 40," and a Publishers Weekly reviewer summarized the book as "accessible and absorbing." His subsequent book, Changing Course: Navigating Life after Fifty, is based on twenty years of research.

Sadler told CA: "In writing these two books I have been motivated primarily by people I have been tracking in my research, people who have been creatively designing their lives after fifty. They have inspired me to explore a new view of life after fifty and of aging. Because of greater longevity, many of us have a thirtyyear life bonus. In the middle of life a new period is opening up—the third age. I have learned from the people in my studies that we have options in directing our lives that previous generations did not have. What do these people do to initiate and sustain growth through their fifties, sixties, and seventies? What they have shown me about mature adult development differs considerably from what I had been led to expect from many years in the field of human development. I have written to share what I have been learning from them; and my writing style has changed because of this motivation. I have tried to write more clearly and simply than I did with academic books. I want readers to find that the lessons learned from these people have practical applications. As a result of my writings I have been invited as a speaker in both national and international conferences. I have worked, particularly with the Center for Third Age Leadership, to develop programs, workshops, seminars, and life coaching to help people apply principles of growth and renewal in their third age. I expect my writing in the future to continue this venture of exploration and discovery in the changing shape of adult development—especially as Baby Boomers reach retirement age."



Booklist, February 1, 2000, Marlene Chamberlain, review of The Third Age: Six Principles of Growth and Renewal after Forty.

Publishers Weekly, January 10, 2000, review of The Third Age.