Appelle, Stuart Ph.D.
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Brighton, NY: Passed away suddenly on June 27, 2011 at age 65. Predeceased by his mother, Gertrude Stein Appelle and father, Ben. Stuart recently was honored by the College at Brockport, State University of New York for 40 years of service; his only place of employment since earning his Ph.D. at George Washington University. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School, Pennsylvania State University, and then completed his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, discovering the "Oblique Effect," still widely cited today. Stuart was a Professor of Psychology at Brockport, having served as Chair of the Department for many years, before serving as an Interim Dean, Associate Dean, and Dean of the School of Letters and Sciences. Most recently, he was the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and nominated to Chair the Great Lakes Consortium. He widely published research on perception, the source of consciousness, as well as applying the scientific method to explain unidentified flying objects and the abduction experience. He edited the Journal for UFO Studies, the only objective scientific publication for UFO research. He was a member of nine professional organizations including: the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, Psychonomic Society, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis as well as the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), and an original member of Project Blue Book in Washington, DC. Although accomplished in professional life, Stuart's main focus was his family - wife, Joan Sussman, children Rachel and Aaron, and dog, Napoleon. Stuart tackled all tasks with complete abandon and loved life; meticulously researching and completing amazing projects with professional results: dry walling the inside of an entire house; tiling floors; building steps; no project was too large for Stuart. He was also a self-taught expert skier, boater, long-time tennis player, runner, and friend to many. Along with his wife and children, Stuart is survived by brother Gerald, sister-in-law Karen Sussman, niece Wendy and nephews Andrew and Will. He will be deeply missed.
Family, friends, and colleagues are invited to a gathering to celebrate Stuart's life on Saturday, July 9, 2011, from 2-5 pm at 115 Summit Drive, Rochester, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Rochester, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport, NY 14450 (www.lollypop.org).
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from July 1 to July 6, 2011