In memoriam Parker E. Lichtenstein (1915-2011).
Article Type: Obituary
Subject: Psychologists (Biography)
Author: Rice, Charles E.
Pub Date: 03/22/2011
Publication: Name: The Psychological Record Publisher: The Psychological Record Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 The Psychological Record ISSN: 0033-2933
Issue: Date: Spring, 2011 Source Volume: 61 Source Issue: 2
Product: Product Code: 8043300 Psychologists NAICS Code: 62133 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians) SIC Code: 8049 Offices of health practitioners, not elsewhere classified
Persons: Biographee: Lichtenstein, Parker E.
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 255541968
Full Text: Parker E. Lichtenstein (1915-2011) was a student at Indiana University when the first issue of The Psychological Record (TPR) was published there. His mentors were J. R. Kantor, B. F. Skinner, and Winthrop Kellogg. Each of them influenced his professional life, and he honored them always. In graduate school, Kantor's, Interbehavioral philosophy illuminated Parker's understanding of psychology and continued to guide his teaching and writing. He was joined in Kantor's classes by a cohesive group of student colleagues. All of them became lifelong champions of Interbehavioral Psychology. When Parker began his teaching career at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, two of that group, Irv Wolfe and Paul Mountjoy joined his department.

It was at Denison that Wolfe acquired the editorship of TPR. Parker began his service to TPR at Denison, and he continued his quiet dedication to it well into his eighth decade. Throughout, he sustained his love for his discipline and his commitment to Interbehavioral Psychology. He was always available to consult with and guide the editors of the journal, in a voice that was soft-spoken but whose wisdom shone brilliantly. During my term as editor, the journal benefited from his advice, thoughtful articles, and perceptive book reviews. But I benefited, too, from a benevolent Socratic friendship that prevailed long after his retirement.


Charles E. Rice, Kenyon College
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