Lloyd C. Gardner is a Professor Emeritus of History at Rutgers. He was born in Delaware, Ohio in 1934. He earned his undergraduate degree at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1956 and doctorate in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1959. From 1960 to 1963, he served in the U.S. Air Force.
In 1963, he joined the faculty in the Department of History at Rutgers College. He participated in the first teach-in about the Vietnam War on April 23, 1965 and, in the oral history interviews, provides insight into the event and subsequent controversy. In May 1970, when the student strike occurred protesting the expansion of the Vietnam War to Cambodia, Dr. Gardner co-chaired the Action for Peace Committee and introduced the resolution at the Rutgers College faculty meeting to make classes and final exams optional and institute pass/fail grades for that semester. He discusses the occupation of Old Queens and campus protests, as well as Class Day activities and Commencement on June 3, 1970.
Oral history sessions one and two delve into Dr. Gardner's life, education and career, and session three, conducted as a part of the Class of 1970 Oral History Project, focuses on Dr. Gardner's life and experiences during the 1960s and 1970s.
Lloyd Gardner's Oral History Session #3 is a part of the Class of 1970 Oral History Project to commemorate the class's fiftieth reunion milestone.