Here are 483 retirement messages from some of your colleagues:

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Dear Phil,

I sat in your back during a symposium at the last SESP meeting. I was so impressed by your presence that I can't remember the content of this symposium! You're well-known in France, and let me simply thank you for what you did (and still do) for social psychology, this great science.

Pascal Huguet
National Center for Scientific Research

I remember when, as a graduate student, I read your 1969 chapter on deindividuation in the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation. You were the first -- and perhaps the only -- social psychologist I had read who talked about Dionysus, and I remember thinking, "Now THIS is a guy who lets himself think outside the box!" The intellectual freedom you displayed was a real source of inspiration to me.

William Ickes
University of Texas at Arlington
United States


Thank you for all you have done for Social Psychology! You have been a great role model, both in your pioneering efforts in the lab and in helping the lay public see the value of social psychology.

Best wishes in your retirement.

Mary Inman
Hope College
United States

Dearest Phil,

You are, without a doubt, one of the few people I know whose attitude in life so reflects my favorite quote, attributed to my forefather Plutarch: "Minds are not vessels to be filled, but fires to be lighted."

Those fires will continue to blaze, Phil, in all the minds you have touched and inspired. Be assured of that!

With love and admiration,

Diana Issidorides
NEMO Science Center

Dear Phil,

We are sure you will visit Lima-Peru soon.

Warm and best wishes.

David Jauregui
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos

Greetings from Barcelona, dear Phil. I remember with deep emotion our fantastic hours together in San Francisco in 1988 and Barcelona in 1995. Especially I was impressed seeing your enthusiasm when you explained to me, in your Stanford lab, every detail of the prison experiment. When I told you that, every year, I explain this experiment in my first class of Social Psychology, you smiled very satisfied. Certainly, your work has been very useful. THANKS, PHIL!!

Remembering our lunch with Elliot at my home (what an honour!), receive of myself and my family our warmest greeting. We are far but I love you.

Federico Javaloy
University of Barcelona

Best wishes on your retirement. I enjoyed reading your work as an undergraduate. Then, years later, I enjoyed talking with you at APA as a graduate student. You were one of the few famous social psychologists who would actually talk to graduate students. I hope to follow your example.

Lauri Jensen-Campbell
University of Texas@Arlington
United States

Retirement? I doubt it. I am certain this is just a perfect opportunity for change and renewal. Best wishes on your newest adventure.

"Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time."

Leigh W. Jerome
American Psychological Association
United States

Congratulations on your many accomplishments, and have a wonderful retirement!

Page Jerzak
Indiana University East
United States


Thank you is not enough to reflect how much I have appreciated all that you have done for Curtis Brant and myself. We have both so enjoyed the friendship and the professional support and guidance you have offered.

I will never forget the day I spent with you in San Francisco, looking at your books, going to the market, watching football and talking about psychology. AND there will never be an APA presidential party like the one you had in Chicago!!!

Your genuineness and kindness still impacts me today. I hope I am able to offer to others what you so graciously have offered to us.

I wish you all the best in the next adventure you pursue. Thank you once again for reaching out and being the wonderful and caring person you have been to us and so many others.

Michael Johll
United States

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