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LOVELAND, Edward Edward Henry Charles Loveland Edward Henry Charles Loveland, 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 31, 2013, in Houston, Texas. He was born in Jamaica, New York on August 3, 1922, the eldest of four children of Edward Thomas Loveland and Lillian Christina Birkner Loveland. Ed Loveland was a child of the Depression, who while in high school quietly took on a job to help support his family. His character and life were marked by devotion to his family, as well as service to his country and fellow man. Ed attended Queens College in New York, a member of the second class admitted to that then-new public institution. At Queens College he met the love of his life, Olga Helen Christie. His studies were interrupted, however by World War II, during which he served in the Army with distinction in the European theater and completed his service as a staff sergeant. Ed tried multiple times to join the armed forces but was turned down each time because of a heart murmur, until finally a sympathetic doctor allowed him to enlist. His service took him to Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. After the war he served for a time in the security detail assigned to the newly-formed United Nations. Following his service he returned to Queens College, changing his major from engineering to psychology. Ed later pursued graduate studies and received his doctorate in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1952. The same year he married his beloved Olga, a professional opera singer. After several years at the Army Institute for Research, he accepted a faculty position in the School of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where he remained throughout his career. Ed was appointed Director of the School of Psychology after several years, following in that role his friend and mentor Joseph Moore. He grew the Psychology program from a faculty of three to a large and nationally recognized program granting doctoral degrees. Ed was known for his mentoring of many students and junior faculty, his leadership, as well as for his quiet but unyielding defense of the Psychology program over the years. He both taught and practiced in the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. He took on leadership roles in organizations such as the Southeastern Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association Division on the Teaching of Psychology. He was also a leader in developing the process of licensing of psychologists in Georgia. He gave of his time and resources to support the Phoenix Opera of Atlanta, founded and directed by his wife Olga. After his retirement Ed remained active in teaching until Olga's health required him to devote his energies to her. He did so tirelessly until her death in 2009. Ed was a man of duty and devotion, a man of faith, and a friend and mentor to many. By his life, his teaching, and his example he inspired countless students, including his own daughter, who followed him into the profession of Psychology. He is survived by his only daughter Katherine Anne Loveland Temple and son-in-law James Voorhis Temple, his granddaughter Elizabeth Loveland Temple, all of Houston, TX; his sisters Lillian Loveland Dullahan, Jaqueline Loveland Schmidt, and Patricia Loveland Boehler, and their children and grandchildren. A funeral mass will be said at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Jude the Apostle, 7171 Glenridge Dr., Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, January 17, 2014 with interment to follow at Arlington Memorial Park with military honors. There will be a reception afterward. Visitation will be 6 - 8 pm on January 16, at Sandy Springs Chapel, 136 Mt. Vernon Highway NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328.

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 15, 2014
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