Here are 483 retirement messages from some of your colleagues:

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Congratulations. What a great idea to have an opportunity to see the well wishes and anecdotes from people all over who have been touched by you and your work.

I still show snipets from the "Discovering Psychology" series in my Intro to Pysch classes. Thank you for these films.

I wish you good times and many blessings in your retirement.

Virginia Ryan
The Sage College of Albany
United States

Dear Prof. Philip Zimbardo,

Like many other psychologists, I was introduced to your scholarly works during my undergraduate years and was fascinated by the originality and creativity of your research plans. Now, as a university professor, I enjoy as much to lecture on your research as I enjoyed reading about them when I was a student. I had the pleasure of attending a couple of your talks last summer at the APA convention in Toronto. It is with great surprise that I hear about your retirement. I would like to take this opportunity and send you a personal note and thank you for all you have done for the field of social psychology.

All the best,

Saba Safdar
University of Guelph

Dear Phil--

I will never forget the first time I met you as a prospective graduate student of Christina's and a guest at your home. Although I had learned about the Stanford Prison Study, I had not remembered the name of the researcher, and so when we met, I had no idea that you were the person behind that study. I was mortified when I figured it out later, and to this date, I tell students that story when they ask if they have to learn the names of people when I teach them about classic studies. If no one else, my student ALWAYS learn your name! Best wishes in your retirement!

Lynda Sagrestano
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
United States

Dear Phil,

I want to wholeheartedly wish you the very best for your retirement! You have given so so much to the field, and I hope that your years of retirement will be as fulfilling for you!

I still remember you coming out of Athens airport to meet me in your navy cap for the lecture at Deree; the school administration could not believe that you were actually there (and neither could I). And what a lecture it was!! I recently visited my undergrad and people still talk about it!!

With my warmest regards and a huge hug,


Avgi Saketopoulou
New York University
United States

Dear Phil,

You have always been an inspiration...from my days as a Stanford undergraduate in the 1970s onward.

Congratulations on reaching this important milestone! On behalf of all of your friends at Yale, our best wishes to you!

Peter Salovey
Yale University
United States


As I think of Phil Zimbardo retiring, I can think only of the perfect oxymoron, viz., Zimbardo and retirement. And we are all grateful that you will continue to do research, publish, and of course tour the country, setting it all right with respect to psychology, terrorism, and the impact of the pharmacology industry on our lives. Much luck!

Kurt Salzinger
American Psychological Association
United States

Hey Phil,

You taught me how to teach, and the importance of each and every student. How can I ever thank you for that? Discovering that part of me allowed me to take "the path less traveled" as compared to most of my colleagues. How many of them would have applied for, or stayed at a military academy? As I have been here more than 10 years, I realize every day that I made the right choice for me.

The one thing you were wrong about is when you said that most of us would "be dust." When I teach, I pass on the message to each and every one of my students. Rather than "dust," I think of myself as "air" that touches them all and gets passed on from them to others.

All the best on your next path.

Steve Samuels
United States

I was a student in your introduction to psychology class at Stanford in 1987, and this class inspired my ultimate career choice. I received a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1997, and am now a professor at Amherst College -- where I teach introduction to psychology. Thanks much for the inspiration!

Catherine Sanderson
Amherst College
United States

Best wishes in your retirement.


Larry Sanna
UNC-Chapel Hill
United States

Dr. Zimbardo:

Congratulations on your retirement! What an amazing amount of time you have spent educating countless students on the wonders of psychology. As a teacher of high school psychology, I want to thank you for educating me and my students on the fascinating topics and applications of psychology. In my fourteen years of teaching, many of my students have learned about psychology with your help in the Discovering Psychology video series. As a TOPSS member, I want to thank you for your support of psychology in high schools. We could always count on you to see the importance an early introduction to psychology makes in a student's perception of the field. Thank you for your passion for psychology and for your willingness to share your knowledge with others. Best wishes and enjoy life!

Marissa Sarabando
Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools
United States

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