Here are 483 retirement messages from some of your colleagues:
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It is a privilege knowing you, and thanks for your friendship. I wish you the best.
To a man who has made a difference...day after day after day. You are a model and a hero.
Thank you for your many gifts.
George Mason University
I can hardly believe you’re retiring, but I know you’ll still play an active role in our future! Heartiest congratulations on your amazing and enviable career. You’ve given to the field in every imaginable way: theory, strong empirical work, visibility outside our field, and public service. You’re the quintessential social psychologist!
With great fondness,
You are one of the most extraordinarily talented individuals that Psychology has ever had. I continue to be amazed at the range and depth of your talents from hard science to common wisdom, and your ability to make complete sense of complex ideas, and then to be able to communicate them to everyone from the highly educated to average people in the most interesting way. We in Psychology and in the broader culture are indeed fortunate that you have been willing to share yourself with us.
Robert (Bob) Thayer
California State University, Long Beach
The field of psychology will have a big void when you retire. I hope that you will keep active in your writing and other valuable contributions. Thanks for you work on the NIDRR-APA Bridging Gaps Conference and Proceedings Book.
Division of Rehabilitation Psychology
It has been a pleasure and an honor to be your colleague for more than 30 years. Your brilliance and enthusiasm as a teacher and professional colleague have inspired me continually. And even though I can't come close to your levels of excellence, I have enjoyed trying to do so!
I am so glad to be able to have this opportunity to write a note to you, Phil! I graduated this past June with my Ph.D. from the Stanford psychology department, and during my time there, I had the opportunity to work with you as a TA for your hugely popular Intro Psych class. I loved the opportunity to work with someone whose class was so sought after, and whose teaching style showed me how to make psychology fun. Kudos to you for giving the field a voice and a face; I think that you, more than anyone else in the history of our field, truly gave psychology away. Best of luck in all your future endeavors!
CUNY Graduate Center
My comments relate to Phil's role in the Western Psychological Association. In the 1970s and early 80s the organization had deteriorated to the point where the scholarly and professional aspects of the annual meetings were nil or worse. Phil was elected President in 1983, and the meeting was held in San Francisco. I was a relatively new member of the Stanford Psychology Department then -- most of us had no interest in attending the WPA meeting until Phil intervened.
As I recall, I and virtually all other members of the Stanford department gave addresses at that meeting. Phil could be enormously persuasive. In that one year Phil turned the WPA around. It became and remains an excellent regional association and annual meeting, due largely to Phil's continuing involvement. He served as WPA historian for many years and regularly gave major addresses at the annual meetings. He was reelected president of WPA in 2001.
To coin a phrase, will there be life in WPA after Phil?
University of Southern California
I am hopeful about working with you in your coming activities for social justice...the responsibility of psychologists...despite your so-called "retirement." Thanks for all your speaking out for social justice.
Division 48, APA
Dear Dr. Zimbardo,
I would sincerely like to add my thanks to you for all that you have done. You were kind enough to send me an autographed picture several years ago, which I proudly display in my office. I also use your text and videos, and having your picture really helps me to connect the well presented material to the author.
I wish you much happiness in this new phase of your life and pray that God will continue to bless you and your family. Enjoy!
Notre Dame High School
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