Here are 103 retirement messages from other well wishers:

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Dr. Zimbardo,

My name is Richard Martielli, and I am a 3rd year doctoral student in clinical psychology at St. Louis University. I attended your lecture on the psychology of evil and thought it was phenomenal. Your love of your work definitely came through in the lecture.

I am a fellow Italian kid from the east coast (NJ) who was highly influenced by your videotape series on psychology. I took a psychology class in my junior year of high school and my teacher used these videos frequently. I decided at that point that psychology was what I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to. I share your love of psychology and hold you as a role model for what I hope to accomplish someday. Truly your life and career have been inspirational not only to myself, but to many in the field of psychology.

Best Wishes,

Richard Martielli
St. Louis University
United States

Dear Dr. Zimbardo,

Although we have never met personally, I want to applaud your great and distinguished career as a psychologist. I especially want to thank and commend you on your position article on the federal Administration's issuing of constant "Terrorist Alerts."

I know on retirement you probably are looking forward to a long awaited rest. But, Dr. Zimbardo, someone like you needs to get active, very active, in the political arena. I see and hear often the common refrain, "Does psychology really matter?" It may, in the end, be up to psychologists like you to get governments to learn to think and act in a new way, a better way. That different people and nations can get along without Prozac being dumped into the world's fresh water supply.

You've had all the accolades and awards in the profession of psychology. Have you ever thought about capping your life with a Nobel Peace Prize? And there's nothing wrong with going after one. President Carter has been trying to get one for years, and while trying to get one, the world has benefited greatly from his moral works. In fact, I would argue, he has done more since leaving the Presidency than when he was there.

Dr. Zimbardo, think about it.

Robert McLellan
Wayne-Westland Community Schools
United States

Wishing you the best in your retirement. After all your hard work and dedication, you deserve some time to relax and enjoy life.

Good luck!

Alejandra Medina
Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi
United States

Thank you for all you have done for us...I also appreciated the chance to work on your textbook review and update the Study Guide for Core Concepts...and all your support and encouragement. It was always great to see you at conventions and I hope to see you again. Enjoy your time off...

Nancy Melucci
Long Beach City College
United States

Thank you for the knowledge you've created and shared with the scientific community. Your research and the research questions you've dared to ask have taught me and continue to teach me numerous lessons. I appreciate you greatly for that.

Jackie Mitchelson
Wayne State University
United States


Best wishes on your retirement. I am sad for the future generations of students who will not be taught by you, but I am sure your legacy will continue to inspire students for a long time. I have always admired your love of teaching and your dedication to your students, and I count myself among the lucky ones who not only took classes from you but got to work with you as well.

Supriya Molina
Stanford University
United States

Dr. Z,

My Psych students have been watching your series for years and identify Psych with you. They love the beard, and I love the great job you have done in creating a wonderful forum for young people to be introduced to the greatest subject anyone can teach. Thanks and may God continue to bless you.

Denis Mulvihill
TOPSS Teacher

Denis Mulvihill
Stoneham High School
United States


Congratulations on an outstanding career and all of your work on behalf of psychology. You'll be missed but not forgotten!

Dave Murphy
Past President of Psi Beta

David Murphy
Waubonsee Community College
United States

Dear Dr. Zimbardo,

Congratulations on your retirement! I really enjoyed watching the psychology videos you made when I was a year one student. They were extremely interesting and educational as well.

I hope you will enjoy the extra opportunity to pursue other activities of interest and also to spend precious time with your loving family and friends.

To many long and pleasant years ahead!

Jason Ng
National University of Singapore

All the best for your future! Take care!

Eileen Pang
National University of Singapore

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