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Robert Skinner Ramsay

Retired I-O psychologist and former SIOP Member and college professor, Robert S. Ramsay died on Wednesday, January 2, 2002, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at 81 years of age. SIOP Member Mary Lewis offers the following regarding Ramsays career at PPG Industries, Inc.:

His detailed and thorough approach to test validation led to the successful defense of testing at PPGs Lake Charles Louisiana facility in PPG v. Cormier. That case was one of the earliest cases to show that good test practices could be defended. The PPG test batteries that Bob validated in the early 1980s were used for selection for a variety of jobs until near the end of the Millennium. Bob also played a role in establishing an Employee Assistance Program for PPG. That program, which began at the headquarters in Pittsburgh in the early 1980s, is now well established at PPG facilities throughout the world.

According to SIOP Fellow Bill Mobley, Bob was a wonderful mentor and coach for young I-O psychologists; one who took validation seriously; one who valued his association with SIOP Members; a wonderful human being, and among other things, he had a vocabulary that exceeded any dictionary.

Ramsay also served in WWII in the air-sea rescue of the USAAF from 19421945. After Ramsays retirement from PPG Industries, he helped his wife in the operation of her Pittsburgh employment agency. Ramsay is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruth Ann Ramsay, daughter Ramsay, son-in-law Norman Goldstein, son Douglas S. Ramsay, daughter-in-law Michelle Brot, and grandsons, Benjamin and Jonathan Ramsay. Robert was buried at the Cadiz Union Cemetery in Cadiz, Ohio.

Rebekah Cardenas 


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