Here are 483 retirement messages from some of your colleagues:
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Best wishes as your distinguished career enters a new -- and, hopefully, most enjoyable -- phase.
While I was only able to cross your path in our joint APA work, I have long admired your accomplishments.
If, in my career, I am able to do a fraction of what you have, I will consider myself successful.
Thank you for your contributions.
It's hard to describe what it was like to work with you in those early years, Phil -- in the "good old days." A little bit like a roller coaster ride -- more thrills and more excitement and more sheer fun than we had any reason to expect. But you also had more instant insights, more enthusiasm about ideas, and more sustained energy invested in a wider range of intellectual pursuits than anyone I've ever known before or since.
As one of your students in those early days, I can tell you that we were in awe of you, we marveled at you, we were uplifted by your courage to speak even unpopular truths, and we were heartened by how much you cared. We loved you, really. We love you still. You were an extraordinary mentor -- unbelievably supportive, occasionally tough, always wise.
There are so many of us who owe our careers to you, to what you taught us directly, to what rubbed off by being around you, and to what your example led us to aspire to achieve. I am forever grateful to you for all of the intellectual gifts you gave me, for the memories of those wonderful years in your ambit, and for the lifelong inspiration. There is really no one like you, and your retirement marks the end of an era.
My friend and brother: Bask in the well deserved glory of knowing that you have lived a life that made a real difference.
University of California, Santa Cruz
Your research has helped make my teaching fun! Many thanks.
Thank you for your wonderful work and contribution to the American Psychological Association in the last year. You often were an inspiration to me and others as you dealt with challenging issues. I appreciate what you did then and have done over the years in an outstanding contribution to psychology.
University of Mississippi
I cannot forget the worry I had trying to find a bed long enough for you to fit your legs in when you came to Hydra.
But keep your legs on the ground now that you are fighting for peace in the world.
We need you.
Ciao, dear friend,
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Congratulations on your well-earned retirement. Your contributions to psychology are magnificent and immeasurable. You have added stature, substance, distinction, depth, class, clout, dazzle, pizzaz, wonder, insight, breadth, brilliance, energy, enthusiasm, and unforgettable humanity to the field of psychology. We couldn't possibly thank you enough.
Warm regards and much appreciation to one of a kind.
University of Rhode Island
I want to join your many other colleagues and friends in congratulating you on your retirement. I have been privileged to know you through the APA Council and CPA. May you continue to share your enormous talents and enjoy a wonderful retirement.
I've been in social psych for almost 20 years, primarily as a teacher; I'll never be a leading researcher in the field. I want to thank you for your very public value of teaching and your general fascination and enthusiasm with psychology. Thank you for your inspiration and best wishes always.
Texas A & M Univ-Corpus Christi
Magnificient job. Don't rest in peace!
University of Iowa
As you retire, our thoughts are not only of all the great times we’ve had, but of the greater times to come.
Elaine Hatfield, Psychology Department
Dick Rapson, History Department
University of Hawaii
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