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The SIOP Living History Series: An Interview With Paul W. Thayer Note. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of U.S. Customs and Border Protection or the U.S. federal government. Kevin Mahoney South Dakota State University Jeffrey M. Cucina U.S. Customs and Border Protection 112 The SIOP History Committee launched the SIOP Living History Series at the 2013 SIOP confer- ence. The series involves inter- views of historic I-O figures who have made notable contribu- tions to research or practice in I- O psychology. This year, Paul W. Thayer (see Figure 1) was inter- viewed by outgoing SIOP Histo- rian Kevin T. Mahoney. Dr. Thayer is an emeritus faculty member of North Caro- lina State University (NCSU) and a Fellow of SIOP, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Associa- tion for the Advancement of Science. He has been a member of SIOP since 1956 and has served in all of SIOP’s the elected offices, including president. During the session, Dr. Thayer discussed his career, which has spanned both industry and academia. He spoke extensively of his 21 years at the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association (LIMRA), includ- ing LIMRA’s groundbreaking biodata research and the application of survey methodology to refute myths in the industry. In 1977, he joined the faculty of NCSU becoming the department head. He found working one on one with graduate students, serving as a men- tor, and leading the department to be his favorite ac- July 2014 Volume 52 Issue 1