Here are 103 retirement messages from other well wishers:
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I have admired your work for a long, long time.
Congratulations on your retirement!
South Grand Prairie High School
Dear Dr. Zimbardo,
I enjoyed learning about your studies when I was becoming the first psychology major at UMKC to also get an education degree so I could teach high school students. I then taught your theories for many years following and still use your techniques when I teach the parents and teachers in my new job. Thank you for all you did for psychology.
University of Missouri at Kansas City
Best wishes on your retirement, which I am sure will be an active one.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Yer the greatest, Zim!
To the original Dr. Phil:
I didn't know that people like you actually retired. I really don't believe that you are. Instead you are probably going to just shift gears and go off in a new direction. Thank you for all you've done for psychology, especially at the high school level. We're all the better for it.
Reed City High School
I have always wanted to work in the psychology field. In 1994 I took an intro to psych class at Del Mar Community College. During that time, I took intro to psych as a home course. They used videos hosted by Dr. Zimbardo. I am one year away from my MS in counseling and still remember the videos and all the useful and insightful things I learned. Thank you for making it enjoyable and realistic. Good luck and best wishes!
Texas A&M Corpus Christi
I've enjoyed your presentations, appreciate your research, and hope you continue with the compendium.
Very best wishes!!!
University of California, Berkeley
Dear Dr. Zimbardo,
Best wishes on your retirement.
The video of the Prison Study never fails to captivate (and I hope enlighten) my social psych students. It also has proved a great tool for looking at situational and dispositional attributions. Living near Attica and knowing that your study and the Attica uprising were nearly at the same time makes the study even more relevant here.
Kathy Gerbasi, Ph.D.
Niagara County Community College
Congratulations on your retirement... So many memories from 1969 til today... as my students discuss your "prison" study, and I wow them by telling them I know Phil, and that his fiance, Chris, was the one who stopped the experiment.
The first time I saw you (London, was it?) during the moon landing time... you were wearing a black cape and doing so many "wild things"... I was reluctant to meet you at the party for the social psychologists after the meetings. Mandrake the magician was how I thought of you... and then later, when you gave a colloquium at Swarthmore, you stayed overnight at our house, wearing red pjs, I believe, and you seemed so sweet and kind, I had to rethink my Svengali fantasies... and then over the years, we would all meet and greet... and then you became a big-time pol and created some wonderful changes in APA, especially the convention.
Just a few highlights from my sideline seat during your fabulous career. I'll send you a subscription to the Positive Aging newsletter that Ken and I are publishing, and you'll then have to promise to write us to tell us how you are extending our vision of how to sing and zing in this new phase of your life.
See you in Hawaii in 2004.
Love from both of us,
Mary & Ken Gergen
Pennsylvania State University
Congratulations on a wonderful lifetime career that has affected so many of us!
Vilas Professor and Sir Frederic C. Bartlett Professor
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