Here are 483 retirement messages from some of your colleagues:

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You have taught my students by video and article. You have taught us all so much. Thank you, and we wish you the best.

Maria LeBaron
Randolph Community College
United States

Congratulations on and best of luck, fun, and the good life in your retirement! (or, rather, "semi-retirement" as you described it over dinner in St. Louis, and thank goodness, because you've so much still to give, and we would miss your presence so much). And congratulations on such a wonderful career that has meant so much to our field -- not to mention the world!

I wanted to let you know that one of very biggest highlights -- and enjoyable experiences -- in my own career so far was our team-writing The Psychology of Attitude Change and Social Influence. I learned so much from you (although I can only aspire to but never achieve your talent level) -- especially about how to write so as to communicate social psychology to the uninitiated in ways that engage and keep interest (and sometimes even excitement!) while also teaching them something that is not "dumbed down." You also inspired me to always look for (and find!) the real and real-world relevance of what we and our colleagues study and discover.

You're a hero to me, Phil, and a cherished colleague. Best wishes and best of everything!

Mike Leippe
Saint Louis University
United States

Dear Phil,

Our mission statement says that university professors have 3 important tasks: research, teaching and community service. You are outstanding in each of them. Thanks for everything you did for psychology and for what you did and are for me personally. Congratulations for your career, but keep the future time perspective open.

Hope to meet you again soon.

Willy Lens
University of Leuven

Dear Phil--

They say that a mediocre teacher tells, a good teacher explains, a superior teacher demonstrates, and a great teacher inspires.

Thanks from all of us for the decades of inspiration!

Mark Lepper
Stanford University
United States

Dear Phil,

I met you only a couple of brief times when Christina invited me and her other students over to your house. You have, nonetheless, had a significant impact on my career. Through your books and videos, you have inspired me to find more creative (and high impact) ways to teach psychology. And through your research, you have inspired me to focus on problems that matter for society. Congratulations on a WONDERFUL career. You've paved a remarkable path and raised all of us up in doing so.

Jennifer Lerner
Carnegie Mellon University
United States

Dear Phil:

Congratulations on your retirement. My guess is you will continue to be productive in retirement as you have been in your career. It has been a pleasure serving on the APA Board of Directors with you these past three years.

Best regards,

Ron Levant
Nova Southeastern University
United States

Thank you for the oportunity to interest my students by teaching them many of your experiments, articles, and ideas -- which are most creative and stimulating.

Best wishes,

Uri Levin
Sapir College

Happy retirement, big guy. You've been important to me in so many ways.You're the best. With love and admiration,

Bob Levine
United States

Congratulations! An active retirement is good for your health!

George Levinger
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
United States

Thanks for you mentoring me when I was a T.A. in your introductory psychology class (back in prehistoric times). And thanks for your wonderful and tireless contributions to the field. Stanford won't be the same without you. Best regards and warm wishes for the future.

Richard Lippa
California State University, Fullerton
United States

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