Grinder, Dr. Robert E.
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83, of Paradise Valley passed away on August 14, 2012 at his summer home in Maine. He is survived by his wife Alison, to whom he was married for 54 years, his sons Jonathan and Timothy, his daughter Elisabeth, and six grandchildren.
Dr. Grinder was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1929 and moved to Pasadena, California in the 1930s. A navy veteran, he received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a graduate degree from Boston University, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University.
He began his teaching career at the University of Hawaii, Hilo campus and then served as Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His career continued as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Maine. In 1973 he was appointed Professor of Education and Associate Dean of Education at Arizona State University. He concluded his career as Director of the Center for Adolescent Research, Evaluation and Services at A.S.U.
Dr. Grinder received numerous distinctions and honors including National Program Chair for the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference and Chairman of the Publications Committee. He served the American Psychological Association as President of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) and as a Fellow of Division 7 (Developmental Psychology). Professor Grinder was also awarded a visiting Fulbright Scholarship at Federal University, Rio Grande, Du So, Brazil, in 1987.
Dr. Grinder also made significant contributions to the advancement of teaching research and scholarship in educational psychology with numerous scholarly articles, studies, and publications exploring the history of psychology and human development, with emphasis on the study of adolescent development. He authored several books, including A History of Genetic Psychology, Studies in Adolescence (Ed.), and a seminal textbook on adolescent development, Adolescence, published in 1978. His countless scholarly articles were published in journals including Review of Educational Research, Human Development, Educational Psychologist, Child Development, and many others.
A licensed radio amateur for more than 50 years, Dr. Grinder's designation as an early Ham radio operator, K7AK, was a source of great pride. He was an avid radio operator, historian, and collector and restorer of vintage radios. He regularly contributed to magazines such as Electric Radio and QST and was regarded by radio friends and colleagues as one of the foremost experts in the history and development of amateur radio and radio technology. Dr. Grinder authored the highly regarded resource for radio collectors, The Radio Collector's Directory and Price Guide.
Other interests included showing and driving his beloved 1968 Triumph TR250 and 1953 MGTD in rallies in Arizona and Maine.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 10 at 10 a.m. at the Beatitudes Campus, the Luther Life Center, 1610 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix. Donations in honor of Dr. Grinder should be made to Cure Pancreatic Cancer Lustgarten Foundation at www.curepc.org, The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 23, 2012