Cremin, Lawrence Arthur (krĕmˈĭn) [key], 1925–91, American educator and historian, b. New York City. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1949 and began teaching at Teachers College, Columbia. He became a member of the history department at Columbia in 1961. In that year Cremin also became Frederick A. P. Barnard professor of education. He served as president of Teachers College from 1974 to 1984. In 1985, while remaining on the Columbia and Teachers College faculties, he also assumed the presidency of the Spencer Foundation. His major work is a three-volume comparative history of education in the United States, entitled American Education (1970–88). His other works include The Transformation of the School (1961) and Popular Education and Its Discontents (1990).