Here are 103 retirement messages from other well wishers:
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I appreciate the influence you have had on my daughter's chosen career (Dr. Erika Koch@ McDaniel College). I also enjoyed your short-lived and interesting TV program.
Best of luck to you from my wife and I, and again thank you for your contribution to an important field.
I studied your research in the late 60's and 70's in college, then went on to teach about you for the next 31 years. You are a pillar in the field, and will forever be...
Ballston Spa High School
Dear Dr. Zimbardo,
You were a wonderful teacher while I was an undergrad at Stanford. At the time, I had no idea I would end up teaching psychology across the street from Stanford, but here I am. My students enjoy the Discovering Psychology series and they are always fascinated by the Stanford Prison Experiment.
Best wishes on your retirement. Have a great time!
Palo Alto High School
I cannot thank you enough, Phil, for being the one who offered me a respected platform from which to tell my story, for giving me the structure to stand on, the 20/20 lens to see from where I've come, for opening the door to so many speaking opportunities and the space to ponder what it all means. What I cherish most is the honor of your friendship, your sweet emails, and your never-ending support for Larry.
School of Hard Knocks
I would like to wish you a happy retirement and an exciting future. It has been nothing short of an honor to assist with your web sites. I enjoy telling people that I helped design the prison experiment web site and watch their surprise -- "You've worked with Dr. Zimbardo!"
I wish you all the best for your future.
As a psychology student in another part of the world, I'd just like to wish you all the best in your retirement, and congratulate you for a most insightful and impressive career.
Thank you for all the contributions you have made to the discipline, the interesting (though sometimes disturbing) experiments, and the textbook I read in my introductory course, which has drawn me to the field.
All the best in your retirement, God bless.
Kuan Li Jie
National University of Singapore
Happy retirement! You have brought much pride to the family of psychologists internationally!
While you may not remember meeting me, I know you will recognize my name. I'm Lew Lipsitt's daughter.
I have been intending to write to you for over a year now and am glad to have special encouragement to do so due to your retirement celebration.
I became physically disabled exactly two years ago due to a significantly sized tumor which was removed from my femoral nerve along with a significant amount of the nerve. As you can imagine, life without the major nerve which controls one's leg movements has changed my walking abilities. I now walk with a brace, a crutch and sometimes I use a wheelchair.
Close to one year after my surgery, my dad sent me your article entitled, "Rediscovering Disability." This was such a powerful piece of writing that meant so much to me at a crucial time in my psychological healing process. I read it over and over and brought it with me to my next therapy session, where I was working on accepting my new circumstances. Together we read and reread your words and it was like I had a new friend. You understood my feelings and gave me words that I had, until then, been unable to articulate.
Learning to live with chronic pain, physical challenges, losses, and new perspectives has been enlightening. I found a friend in you and finally felt like I was talking with someone who knew what my life was like. This article sits above my desk, and you provide me with encouragement every time I reread your words and look at your smiling face. As of yet, I have not met or sat down with another person with similar circumstances! I have not found a support group or even another person who wears a similar brace or who has experienced a similar life changing experience.
You and your words are part of my support system, and I truly appreciate that you were able to articulate your thoughts so well. I hope that others who have not experienced something similar have become more aware and sensitive due to your openness and self-reflection.
Thank you, and I wish you well with this new change in your life. Hopefully, we will meet again, most likely when I have the opportunity to travel with my parents to a psychology conference somewhere around the globe!
With care and admiration,
Browns River Middle School
Jericho, Vermont 05465
I had you as a professor in 1973, and you changed my life. I became a psychology major, and have since gone on to teach thousands of high school students in Advanced Placement Psychology classes. Your work has influenced how I see the world, and in turn how my students see the world.
I have heard you at several APA and WPA conferences, and you have always been unfailingly gracious to me, just another old Stanford undergraduate student. You have changed the face of social psychology and have asked us to think and question -- this is a legacy that will last a very long time.
Liberty High School
Congratulations on your retirement and a wonderful career. I have your intro psych text and use the Discovering Psychology video series in all of the psychology classes that I teach.
I heard you speak on the Psychology of Evil at a MITOP conference a few years ago - and you graciously had your picture taken with me and autographed your book. Thank you so much for all you have given to the teaching of psychology.
Hobart High School
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