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James C. Naylor

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Naylor Dr. James C. Naylor, 81, passed away on Friday July 12, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. An educator and psychologist, he had a distinguished career as a scholar and educational administrator. Known for his calm demeanor, great sense of humor, and ability to handle crisis and conflict with ease, he chaired both the Psychology Department at Purdue University, his alma mater, and the Psychology Department at Ohio State, where he retired as Professor Emeritus of Psychology in 1998. In 1976, he received a Fulbright Research Scholar Award at the University of Umea, Sweden and in 1982-83 he was the Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Flinders University of South Australia. Respected for his views on undergraduate and graduate education, he served as a consultant and evaluator of psychology programs to many universities, and was the Lead Consultant for the Florida State University System 1996 review of psychology programs in all Florida State Universities. In 1984 he was appointed to UNESCO to serve as a consultant to Hangzhou University, Peoples Republic of China, to aid in establishing engineering and management psychology programs after the end of the cultural revolution. He authored more than 60 articles, two books and numerous presentations. He founded the scientific journal "Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes" in 1966 and served as its editor for 32 years. He also founded the Society for Organizational Behavior in 1975. He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty years, Georgia; his daughters, Mary Denise Naylor (Sam Sacco) of Oakland, CA, Diana Darice (Russell) Hirsch of Kailua, HI, and Shari Dalice Mogollon of Dallas, TX; as well as seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. There will be a celebration of his life on Monday, July 29 at the OSU Faculty Club at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in his honor may be sent to the Dr. Daniel Jolly and Dr. Greg Ness Student Research Fund (#603475), c/o The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 W. Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43221. For a more complete obituary please go to www.edwardsfuneralservice.com.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 24, 2013
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