Here are 103 retirement messages from other well wishers:

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Thank you for your many wonderful and varied contributions to social psychology! You have been an inspiration to so many of us, and I wish you a happy, healthy, tremendously satisfying retirement!

Michael Gill
Lehigh University
United States

Dear Phil--

Congratulations on your sterling career!! I was one of your Stanford students in 1969-72, and was a research assistant for the Prison Experiment. (I was the informer.) I'm now a family physician in Sonoma County. My daughter, Sara, is now a grad student in Social Psych over at Cal with Christine, and she alerted me to this happy event.

You are still the best lecturer I have ever encountered, and certainly were primarily responsible for my becoming a social psych major at Stanford. Do I remember you shooting a gun during a Psych 1 lecture?

Once again, my deepest congratulations to you and best wishes for your retirement.

David Gorchoff
United States


Congratulations on your retirement! Working with you has been an absolute pleasure. Enjoy your time with your family.

Wendy Gordon
Allyn & Bacon
United States

Dear Dr. Zimbardo,

My Advanced Placement Psychology students and I have enjoyed watching your "Discovering Psychology" video tapes as well as the "Stanford Prison Experiment" video. They really make psychology come alive for my students. Congratulations on your retirement.

Louisa Gralla
Riverdale Country School, Bronx, NY
United States

Dr. Zimbardo,

I am sure that I am one of thousands of psychology teachers nationwide who greatly appreciates and admires what you have done to bring psychology to a level that the ordinary citizen can understand the vital role that it plays in their everyday lives. I wish you well in your coming endeavors. You can take great pride and comfort in knowing that your contributions will live on every day in our classrooms.

Jimmie Gray
North Little Rock High School East Campus
United States

Dr. Zimbardo,

As a graduate student in psychology, your work has been integral to my studies. I am sorry to hear you are retiring but at the same time delighted for you and a little jealous. All the best in the years to come.

Jane Green
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
United States

I am writing with best wishes from your academic "grandaughter" -- if you hadn't been such a stellar mentor for Scott Plous, he would not have been such a stellar mentor for me. Your life is truly a case study of the powerful influence that a social and academic role (model) can have on the lives of so many others!

Dara Greenwood
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
United States

As a teacher of AP Psychology, my students have been introduced to you through your textbook and the classic videos "Discovering Psychology." Thanks for the excellent films that help introduce or wrap up each unit in the Introductory Psychology course. Good luck in your retirement; it is well deserved.

Paula Hamlin
Owasso High School
United States

Congrats on a great career that touched many lives! I'm a high school teacher who has used Discovering Psychology and the Candid Camera tapes. I've heard you speak and always been inspired by your enthousiasm. Your initiatives as Pres of APA were ones that I support. Students I have sent to Stanford have loved taking your courses. I'll be attending a Stanford profs come to Smithsonian in November, and it's a tribute to you that so many social psychologists have placed Stanford on the map. Best wishes in your retirement. Know you will remain active.

Pam Hannah
United States

As a current Ph.D. student and tutor in Australia, your work has inspired me as much as I see it now continuing to inspire and interest the new generation of undergrads.

Divna Haslam
University of Queensland

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