Here are 483 retirement messages from some of your colleagues:
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My parents always told me that the two most important qualities in life are enthusiasm and a sense of humor. You have both in abundance, and have inspired your colleagues and students alike across the generations. I have recently been informed that the etymology of "enthusiasm" is "en-theos" or "God within." We have been blessed.
Stanford Office for Religious Life
Congratulations on your retirement. You have been an outstanding researcher and an eloquent voice for Psychology. I wish you the best of good fortune.
Whenever I think of a prison, hear of an act of violence, see a wrecked abandoned car, meet someone who has gone nuts, or reflect on my own shyness, I will think of you.
University of South Carolina
Congratulations on your retirement. I first taught the telecourse using the then-new Discovering Psychology series at Thomas Nelson Community College.
Since that time I've used your series in my psychology class at Walsingham Academy. With each year I've had a range of responses, but all have been favorable.
Thank you for all of your contributions in the field of psychology!
When I was a fresh associate professor I met you around a poster session at the World Congress in Brussels. It remains a great "souvenir" to share ideas with an eminent social psychologist.
Best whishes for your retirement.
Universite Paris X
I recollect very fondly the couple days that you spent at Baldwin-Wallace College when I was Chair of the Psychology Department. Your talks and general enthusiasm for interacting with our students and faculty was a delight to behold.
Thank you so much for ALL you have contributed to the field of psychology!
Congratulations and best wishes. I am particularly happy that you were able to contribute a chapter to the book this past year, enabling me to have a sort of special connection as you enter this new and, I'm sure, exciting phase of life.
Among your many activities, accomplishments, and honors, I will always think of you, first and foremost, in terms of your unfailing spirit and unabashed love of social psychology. I think that these attributes are very important for all of us, and, explicitly as well as implicitly, have been transmitted to generations of our students. Not many earn the "legacy" title, but you have certainly done that!
I want to wish you all the best on the occasion of your retirement. I have been a fan of yours since I entered graduate school over 30 years ago. Your book on motivation had an especially great impact on me, and I still view it as one the most rigorously intelligent treatments of the effects of motivation on cognition. And to think I now have the great pleasure and honor of being your colleague. Lucky me.
Dear Dr. Zimbardo:
I have been a great fan of your research from my undergraduate experience and up through the current time as a social psychologist myself. Your pioneering work will forever remain an immense legacy to the field.
Best wishes to you and your family,
Kent State University
Gosh, I didn't know you were retiring. Thank you for all you have done and tried to do for the field of psychology and for your advocacy for important causes. Thanks, also, for your personal kindness towards me. We are missing a true giant in the field.
Cal Poly Pomona
Congratulations on this joyous occasion, and thank you for all you have done for the field and the Stanford psych department. Your benevolent presence has been an inspiration to a young colleague, and I hope you will continue to "groom" me as you promised you would when I arrived!
Here's to the exciting years ahead.
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