Here are 483 retirement messages from some of your colleagues:

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Phil, you are something else, and that something else is very, very good. You have been your own person, you have fought the good fight on many fronts, and you have done marvelous things for the APA, for psychologists everywhere, and indeed for humaneness and human survival. I hope you keep on keeping on for many years. It has been a great pleasure to work with you, personally and professionally. Edna joins me in sending all best wishes to you and your family.

Lewis Lipsitt
Brown University
United States

Dear Phil,

I wouldn't expect you to remember me. I escorted you around the Northern Kentucky University campus when you gave your "Termporal Perspective" lecture here back in 1988 or thereabouts. The colloquium was a great success, and I found you, despite your fame, to be extremely personable.

For a number of years I've taught our Psych telecourse using the Discovering Psych series.

I use excerpts from the series in my regular classes as well. I appreciate all you've done to make psychology accessible and enjoyable for so many people.

Enjoy your retirement.

A true fan,

Angela Lipsitz
Northern Kentucky University
United States

Dear Phil,

Congratulations on your well-earned retirement! I hope that it will give you time and opportunity to pursue all that makes you happy. Thank you for an unparalleled career's worth of contributions to our field, thank you for inspiring me to become a professor of psychology, and thank you for continuing to inspire all of the students who pass through my courses and are forever taken with social psychology.

Warmest wishes!!

Marci Lobel
SUNY at Stony Brook
United States


From being your T.A. in the 60's, to sharing activities involving W.P.A. in the 80's to getting to teach in your Intro Psych 2000 extravaganza's been great knowing you these three decades....Can't wait to see what you have in store for us in the upcoming decade!


Elizabeth Loftus
University of California, Irvine
United States

Hi Phil,

I've never forgotten that when I first arrived at Stanford and timidly knocked on your door, you dropped everything and took me on an hour-long tour of Jordan Hall, even though I wasn't your student. When I tried to thank you for spending so much of your valuable time with me, you said that professors wouldn't have jobs if it weren't for students, so my time was more valuable than yours! I can't believe you are retiring. Perhaps it's all an illusion.

Charlie Lord
United States

Dear Phil,

I have been a fan of yours forever. Your appearance at my social psychology class the Rhode Island Adult Correction Center was a highlight for me and the inmate students. Best wishes and thanks for the many MAJOR things you have done for all of psychology.

Al Lott
University of Rhode Island
United States

Hi Phil!

Some of us have deconstructed retirement to mean productive work on projects about which you are most passionate. Welcome! It has been wonderful to see you in action at APA and I know there will be more fire, brilliance and dedication to come. The very best of wishes from another kid from a NYC 'hood.

Bernice Lott
University of Rhode Island
United States

I realized how extensive Phil Zimbardo's influence had been from a story that one of my AP Psychology students told me in 2001. She said she had gone home and told her mother, who is a New Mexico state legislator, that in school that day she had seen a psychology video produced by a guy named Phil Zimbardo. Her mother said, "Who?" After she repeated his name, her mother said, "He was a psychology professor I had at NYU in the sixties." My student couldn't believe it.

Michael Loughrey
Albuquerque High School
United States

Many thanks for your energy, enthusiasm and engagement over the years! It was a thrill to join in the APA's forum on war as a psychological issue with you this year; your research helped inspire me to become a social psychologist. All good wishes for your retirement!

Winnifred Louis
University of Queensland

Obtaining my Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon in 1970, I was on the job market. One of the interviews was at the Washington Heights campus of NYU. I was not enamored with the campus, and also did not receive an offer. A few years later I learned that that NYU position was for your "replacement."

I would never have succeeded in replacing you, but now, some thirty years later, I remain flattered by the fact that I was considered as such, and still a bit embarrassed that I did not realize it at the time.

Best wishes.

Charles (aka Skip) Lowe
Dept. Head, University of Connecticut
United States

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