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Obituaries

Mary Anne Lahey (19552004)

It is with deep regret we report the death of Mary Anne Lahey. After an 8-year battle, she finally succumbed to breast cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends at the time of her death at her beloved home in the Inman Park Neighborhood, in Atlanta, GA.

Mary Anne was born and raised in Chicago, IL and attended Catholic schools in Burbank, IL. She obtained her BS at Illinois State University in 1976. Mary Anne went to Kansas State University for her graduate work obtaining her MS in 1980 and her PhD in 1984 under Frank (Skip) E. Saal. She was the first PhD under the revitalized I-O program at K-State.

During her time at K-State, she showed exceptional promise as a scientist. She coauthored two Psychological Bulletin articles, being first author on one of them, as well as three other publications. In 1980, she won the first Robert J. Wherry Award. She also had six presentations before she graduated. Although, she continued to publish and do professional presentations, for personal and professional reasons Mary Anne changed directions after graduation from research on performance ratings and went into applied work.

In 1984 Mary Anne joined the Center for Business and Economic Development at Auburn University as an industrial-organizational psychologist, serving as assistant director in her last year. Mary Anne engaged in a wide variety of I-O related practice activities. Her work with the State of Alabama, the Alabama State Board of Education, the City of Atlanta, and the U.S. Navy were to determine a direction and expertise that would stay with her: test development and validation and employment biases. She became a leading witness in many court cases in these areas. Her association with Psychological Services, Inc. began during this period.

In 1987 Mary Anne moved to the Institute of Community and Area Development (ICAD) at the University of Georgia as a Public Service Assistant and in 1990 became an adjunct associate professor of psychology. Once again her career took a new direction and she used her considerable presentation and social skills to serve the people and communities of Georgia in a variety of projects aimed at community development and conflict resolution.

In addition to her ICAD duties, Mary Anne served as an expert consultant to and as an expert witness for the Navy Litigation Office and other clients. During the course of these efforts, Mary Anne applied her expertise in I-O psychology, statistical analysis, and project management while working with multidisciplined teams. The results of Mary Annes efforts were presented to a number of federal district courts and were often critical to the successful resolution of the matters in litigation.

In 1999 Mary Anne moved to the American Institutes for Research as a Principal Research Scientist to continue her expert work in employment discrimination as well as a variety of other projects. She was employed at AIR at the time of her death.

Mary Anne will be missed by her family: her husband Randy L. Clements; stepchildren Ryan Clements and Amanda Clements; her parents and siblings; and her parents-in-law. All of us who were touched by Mary Anne during her all too brief life and career will also miss her insights, friendship, and wit.

Ronald G. Downey & Susan G. Bailey

James H. (Jim) Morrison (19182004)

Jim Morrison could hardly be described as a psychologists psychologist. Indeed, he held no doctoral degree but was licensed as a psychologist in Kansas, Missouri and Ontario, Canada. He was an ABD (all but dissertation), the doctorate being aborted when an accrediting agency had the University of Kansas invoke a new rule for doctoral degrees requiring candidates to have a full-time year on the campus while giving up full time employment elsewhere. There are good reasons why he felt so at home as a member of the Society for I-O Psychology.

His skills were sharpened early in various assignments in the human resources headquarters department of Western Auto Supply Co. The University of Missouri at Kansas City gave him adjunct status teaching credit courses for both the Business School and School of Education. The University of Kansas began using him to conduct supervisory, management, and personal development short courses in 1951 and continued the relationship for 40 years. His six-session Creative Thinking workshop, when described in the journal of the American Society for Training and Development, drew letters of request for the Leaders Guide from more than 40 corporations and government agencies. 

In the 1960s, when self-development programs consisted largely of Norman Vincent Peales The Power of Positive Thinking or Dale Carnegies How to Win Friends and Influence People, Jim innovated a five-session personal improvement program based on the Delphic Oracles principle Know Yourself, Understand Others. Scheduled annually, it provided self and others analytical and developmental techniques that attracted a consistently growing following in the Kansas City area.

When George Odiome picked him to teach management seminars at the University of Michigans (U of M) Bureau of Industrial Relations, he soon had created and was conducting a dozen different programs for managers who flocked to U of M seminars in the late 60s and 70s. This relationship created invitations from colleges and universities across the U.S., Canada, and overseas to present those programs to a wider audience.

Jim described his most satisfying experiences from that era were a result of his workshops designed to help all ranks of management from supervisors to executives ease the transition of minorities and the disadvantaged into the world of work as mandated by EEO regulations. 

As the only licensed psychologist and a partner in the management consulting firm of Lawrence Leiter and Co., he was soon elected to the board of the Institute of Management Consultants and served as chair of the Professional Development Committee. 

Author of some 100 articles appearing in scholarly journals and other publications, his name is connected with only two books. The Human Side of Management (1971) was one of the earliest supervisor training texts dealing with working effectively with diverse employee groups and had illustrations depicting minorities in the work group. Practical Transactional Analysis in Management (1977), coauthored with psychiatrist John OHearne, was translated into Japanese and led to his presenting seminars in Japan on a regular basis. He was an invited contributor to three training and management development handbooks and the Handbook of MIS Management.

A major shift of interest took place in 1992 when he enrolled in the American Red Cross disaster mental health training program and was immediately recruited to serve as a mental health counselor after Hurricane Andrew. The impact of this experience led to further ARC service in other disasters. He had earlier joined APAs President Jack Wiggins effort to establish an APA division for Disaster Psychology, which was never established. He turned to SlOP resources hoping to interest his fellow members in qualifying and volunteering for ARC disaster mental health service. Three TIP articles and chair of two SlOP Annual Conference Discussion Hours on disaster psychology later, it became apparent that SlOP members were not a fertile field for proselytizing recruits.

A parallel stream of activity in the 1990s turned out to be leadership development; first by way of retreats and workshops for boards of directors and executive groups, often presenting them in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. He was an instrumentalist at the core and developed unique devices for self-discovery and team analysis. Two such items were published: Test of Basic Assumption, for analyzing managers basic philosophies as related to management practice, and M-Scale, for determining ones views of Black-White relations in the U.S. At Rockhurst University, he shared practical aspects of leadership and motivation through credit courses for MBA students.

Jim considered himself an average, everyday sort of psychologistcertainly not Doctor or Doc. He confessed he had difficulty answering the question Whats your line of work? He believed his best contributions were applying research from a variety of fields to the growth and development of people at work, at home, and at playunder the best and the worst of circumstances. Perhaps, a not-so-ordinary endeavor, after all.

Submitted by

Kathi Cook (daughter of Jim Morrison)


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