Richard J. Ritchie
Dick Ritchie died on November 16, 2011 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He died at his home in Gettysburg PA, surrounded by his family, including his wife Pat, his three children, and six grandchildren. Dick received his bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and his master’s degree from the University of Richmond. After getting his PhD from the University of Houston, Dick worked at Exxon under Paul Sparks and then joined AT&T in 1971 as part of its management selection and development unit. During his 27 year career, which spanned working for AT&T and, after its breakup in 1984, for Bellcorp, Dick specialized in creating assessment systems for the identification and development of management potential. He served as director of Leadership Assessment Programs while at AT&T where he made significant contributions in his studies of external hires, his seminal work on the identification of high potential women managers, as well as his research regarding the relationship of assessment center predictors to progress in management.
A Fellow of SIOP and APA, Dick was active as a teacher and was particularly well regarded by his students who appreciated his insights regarding working in corporate settings. Dick taught at Farleigh Dickenson, Columbia, Pace, Montclair State, Houston, and Richmond Universities and was a visiting assistant professor at Gettysburg College. Active in many professional organizations, he was a member of the Executive Study Conference, International Association of Applied Psychology, the Gettysburg Chamber of Commerce, and had numerous overseas assignments which added to his insights about leadership behavior.
An avid sailor, model train enthusiast, and restorer of old cars, Dick was always inquisitive, wanting to better things, build things, and teach things to others. (Written by Joel Moses, January 23, 2012)
John Hawk (1935-2012)
John Allen Hawk of Bowie, MD passed away on January 16, 2012. John was born in Hugoton, KS in 1935 and grew up in Rose Hill, KS. John served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force as a foreign language specialist. After completing his military service in 1958 and attaining his BS degree in psychology from Wichita State University in 1963, John became a research psychologist with the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington DC where he served for over 25 years during the heyday of the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB), which was used by the state employment services to screen applicants for employment. He was a member of SIOP and PTC/MW. He retired in 1994 but continued to devote substantial time to many interests and hobbies, which included photography, carpentry, horticulture, world travel, golf, reading, writing, music, and especially his family.