Wayne Scott Peavler
Resident of San Jose
Wayne Scott Peavler, known as Scott and Scotty, passed away in his home on Jan. 8, 2014. Scott resided with his wife Frances in San Jose, Calif. where they moved from Oakland in 2009.
Scott was born on Jan. 28, 1939 in Marion, Virginia. He attended Marshall University where he received a BA in Psychology. After graduating, he received officers training at the Quantico Marine Corps base and served in the Marines for four years. He was honorably discharged from service as a captain.
He went on to receive his MA and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Delaware. While working on his Ph.D., he studied at the Center for Cognitive Study at Harvard University
with 2002 Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman. He produced numerous papers with Dr. Kahneman, which were published in notable academic journals including The Journal of Psychology, American Psychologist and Psychology Today. He spent the next 30 years as a research psychologist at Bell Laboratories, Texas Instruments and Pacific Bell. He then taught psychology courses at U.C. Berkeley's Extension Program for five years.
After he retired, he volunteered his time as a clinical psychologist at The LifeLong Clinic at Herrick Hospital in Berkeley, Calif., a program staffed by professionals who assist uninsured and low-income clients.
Throughout Scott's life his great love was music, and in particular country and bluegrass. He played the pedal steel and organ and was a staff writer at the American music magazine Elmore.
Scott is survived by his wife, Frances, two step-daugthers Heidi Pettit and Deirdre Holbrook, son-in-law Stett Holbrook, grandchildren Everett and Ava Holbrook, sister Barbara Mercer, brothers Sam Peavler and C.M. Peavler, nieces and nephews, goddaughter Lara Peavler, godson Bill Holbrook, and many, many loving friends. His vivaciousness, sense of humor, generosity and care of others will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity, Greater Bay Area Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, or a