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Anthony T. Dalessio

Anthony Dalessio passed on February 23, 2011 after a long and brave battle with cancer. Anthony, also known as Skip, was 58. Skip was a devoted husband and father, and a highly respected member of the I-O community. At the time of his death, he was an I-O psychology researcher in the global workforce analytics organization at IBM in New York.
Skip was born in Cleveland, OH, December 22, 1952, son of Marilyn (Farinacci) Dalessio of Cleveland and the late Anthony C. Dalessio. In early years, he attended Cleveland schools and Gilmour Academy of Gates Mills, OH. Majoring in psychology, he received his bachelor’s degree from Denison University of Granville, OH; master’s degree from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; and PhD in industrial-organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

A true scientist–practitioner, Skip taught psychology at Old Dominion State University in Virginia before working at Life Insurance Research Marketing Association (LIMRA) in Farmingville, Connecticut. He was employed by Verizon (NYNEX) for 7 years prior to being employed by IBM for the past 11 years. While at Verizon, he worked in many areas of I-O psychology including selection, performance management, and employee opinion survey research. “Skip was an invaluable member of the team,” said Anna Marie Valerio, who worked with Skip. “He had an uncanny ability to assess how to work with people throughout the organization. People trusted him implicitly, and he had the ability to explain the value of I-O work to others in the company.”

While at IBM, Skip had significant survey-related research responsibilities that spanned the globe. Lise Saari, who worked with Skip at IBM, recalled, “Skip was immensely respected by everyone who worked with him and loved by his colleagues. Everything he did was superb—in terms of being extremely valuable to the business but also being based on solid I-O research. Skip was the consummate professional and embodied the I-O scientist–practitioner model. He was also a caring family man. He had family photos and artwork by his daughters proudly displayed throughout his office; his face literally lit up when he talked about his wife Lisa and their three daughters.”

Anthony lived in Ridgefield, Connecticut for the past 18 years with Lisa Kuller, his wife of 21 years; their three beautiful daughters, Emily, Hannah, and Mikaela; and a variety of dogs, cats, and other family pets. He enjoyed family time, gardening, nature, and music. He was also a creative artist, working with water colors, stained glass, and drawing. Anthony was an active member of Wilton Friends Quaker Meeting. He loved children and enjoyed teaching Sunday School. In addition to his immediate family, Anthony is survived by his mother; a sister, Karen D. Bach of Akron, OH; two nephews, Alex and Daniel Verhave; and two nieces, Dale Shuger and Caroline Bach.

Contributions to the Dalessio Children’s Fund are encouraged and may be made at the Fairfield County Bank, 150 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT, 06877 (telephone number: 203-431-7505).


Michael W. Maughan, PhD
December 29, 1951–May 15, 2011, Grapevine, TX


On Sunday, May 15, 2011, in the company of his loving family and dear friends, Mike suddenly and unexpectedly left us.

Mike became interested in I-O psychology when he was asked to compile various organizational needs surveys while working as a patrol sergeant for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Department in Northern Arizona. Having already completed his undergraduate and master’s of arts in psychology at Northern Arizona University while working for the sheriff’s department, he made the decision to move his family to Texas to pursue a PhD in I-O psychology at the University of Houston.

Mike pursued internships at Exxon and Jeanneret and Associates while completing his doctorate, and when he earned his PhD in 1989, he accepted a consulting position in Chicago with Gehlhausen/Ruda and Associates. He stayed with the company as it changed to Ruda/Cohen and Associates and, after 17 years with them, decided to move back to Texas and start his own consulting firm, Chiron Consulting Group.

In all his consulting positions, he worked with clients of many different industries, sizes, and focuses, traveling all over the country and even to Hong Kong. He loved the challenge and variety presented by each unique client and made many friends though his consulting relationships.

Mike lived his life with love for others, a passion for his faith and beliefs, a zest for problem solving, a gift for understanding people and situations, and a talent for carrying on a conversation with people from all walks of life. He took the time to be outdoors, enjoy music and art, experiment and create his own recipes, and have great philosophical conversations with his children and anyone else who wanted to join in.

Mike is survived by his wife, Onda, of 34 years, their three daughters, Kimberly Maughan, Mikaela Rood and her husband, Rebecca Maughan and her fiancé, and son, Daniel Maughan; two grandchildren; both his parents; and his two sisters and their families.
Mike will be greatly missed by his family, dear friends, and dedicated clients. A memorial service was held for Mike on May 31st in Colleyville, TX.


Kenneth Albert Millard
1918–2011

Dr. Ken Millard passed away April 5, 2011 at age 92. Ken was a division head in the Personnel Research and Development Center of the U.S. Civil Service Commission (later OPM) from 1971–1983, working in examining and state and local government programs (e.g., merit system standards, Intergovernmental Personnel Act grants). Prior to that, Ken was the Chief of Exams and Research in the Office of State Merit Systems in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Ken grew up in Red Wing, MN, and earned his PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota. He was a member of APA, SIOP, IPMA, IPMAAC, and PTC/MW. He is survived by three sons, five grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.


Robert Anthony Ramos
1942–2011


Robert A. Ramos, highly respected researcher and well-loved practitioner in the field of industrial and organizational psychology, died on March 14 at the age of 68 after a long illness.

Bob was born in New York City in 1942 and spent much of his early childhood there. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fordham University and his master’s and doctorate in measurement and industrial psychology from the University of Tennessee.

Bob’s first job was with the prestigious Educational Testing Service. Following a 2-year stint as an assistant professor of psychology at Trenton State College, Bob began a career with the telecommunications industry that lasted nearly 2 decades. Beginning as a research psychologist with AT&T, Bob became district manager of Assessment and Development with Bell Communications Research and then director of Staffing, Employment, and Management Research at NYNEX. He developed selection tests for hiring bilingual telephone operators, which were used by the industry for many years. Upon his retirement from NYNEX, Bob began his consulting career, first as an independent consultant and later as a principal scientist with Human Resources Research Organization. While at HumRRO, Bob directed a multicontractor team charged with developing a validated selection process for air traffic controllers that would meet legal and professional guidelines. In 2000, SIOP awarded the team the M. Scott Myers Award for their work. In 2003, Bob joined the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) as manager of Employment Testing, providing advice on employee selection and testing to electric utilities. During his employment with EEI, Bob returned to his primary area of interest as the manager of Psychometrics. Retiring from EEI in 2009, he continued his work for the electric utility industry as a consultant in psychometrics.

Bob mentored many young psychologists and provided valued counsel and friendship to his many colleagues. Those who had the privilege of working with Bob remember his ease in explaining difficult technical material, his understanding of the practical application of the science, his integrity, and his compassion. Bob was always available to his friends, who remember him as someone who could always find humor in a situation, no matter how dire.
Bob was also active in professional affairs. During his graduate career at the University of Tennessee, he was instrumental in arguing for the Spanish language as a significant research tool, thereby instituting that language as part of the doctorate in philosophy requirements. A member of the APA Divisions 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics) and 14 (SIOP), he contributed to the APA’s Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessments and the Board of Ethnic and Minority Affairs. He was a member of Sigma Xi, the psychology honor society and the author of many technical manuals and HR hiring policies within the Bell System. With Wayne Cascio, he authored the Cascio-Ramos Estimate of Performance in Dollars, a standard tool in utility analysis. Bob also served on many doctoral committees in New York City and Washington, D.C.

In addition to his wife, Maryann Ferrara; daughter, Laura Ramos, DVM; son-in-law, Ryan; their children Eva Marie and Liam Loflin; and son Robert A. Ramos II, a musician; he is survived by a brother, Hector.

Memorials to the Physician Assistant Foundation’s Robert A. Ramos scholarship fund for study in Puerto Rico (http://www.aapa.org/pa-foundation/programs-a-applications/annual-student-scholarships).