Gordon John Klopf received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD in education from the University of Wisconsin. Upon completing his doctoral degree, Klopf joined an American Council on Education project in Japan providing personnel and guidance training to Japanese schools and colleges. In 1952, he returned to the United States and accepted a position as Dean of Students at SUNY Buffalo.
Klopf joined the faculty of Columbia University Teachers College in 1959. He came to Bank Street College in 1964 and served in various capacities, including Dean, Provost and Associate to the President, until his retirement in 1986. In 1982 he was awarded the John H. Niemeyer Chair in Innovative Leadership. After his retirement, Klopf remained active at Bank Street College as Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Scholar.
In 1987 he began his work with UNICEF, serving as Chair of the NGO Committee Working Group, Action for Children, NGO Committee Working Group on Education and the Executive Committee of Non-governmental Organizations Associated with the UN Department of Public Information. He served as a consultant for numerous entities, including major educational institutes, universities, and foundations. Klopf was a prolific writer on topics in the fields of guidance and personnel.
Scope and Content Note
This collection documents Gordon Klopf’s work at Bank Street College from 1964 to 1986 as well as other personal and professional activities.