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Frederic Robinson Wickert

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Frederic Robinson Wickert Born in Chicago on March 9, 1912- died July 15, 2013 at 101. During his lifetime Fred lived in or traveled to all 7 continents. He spoke 23 languages from polite conversation to fluency. He moved to California as a teenager. He received his undergraduate degree at UCLA and his PHD from University of Chicago in 1938. As a pioneer in the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, he was brought into World War II early to help devise tests for assignments of new draftees. He was later activated into the Korean War and retired from the Air Force as a full Colonel. After WWII, Fred became a Professor at Michigan State in both the Psychology Department and the School of Business, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1992. During his tenure, he received 9 Fulbright grants. He taught and consulted in Austria, Vietnam, France and Australia. And during the 70's and 80's he continued teaching American management techniques throughout Africa as well. In addition, Fred spent a year in Washington helping to start up the Peace Corp, was an author of several books and articles and has been the interview subject for several books and periodicals. He sat on the East Lansing Zoning Board, was very involved in the E.L. Senior Group through projects and volunteering, was very active in a Spanish Literature group. He was a lifetime member of APA, American Psychology Association, and a lifetime member of Military officers Association of America, both in Michigan and Illinois chapters, and was a member of the Service Corp of Retired Executives. He donated his extensive classical music to MSU and much of his African and Pacific art collection is at Lansing Community College. Fred was preceded in death by his wife and traveling companion of 52 years, Dorothy Dodge Wickert. He is survived by daughters Susan V. Wickert and Melissa L. Grostick, as well as grandchildren Darcy Grostick Bersheim (Keith) of Buffalo Grove, Illinois and Daniel Grostick of Austin, Texas. A military service will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery Battle Creek, Michigan on Aug 9th at 11:30 a.m. Lunch to follow at Schulers Restaurant, 115 S Eagle St, Marshall, MI. A guest book has been created at Legacy.com. Fred owed much of his longevity to a passion for good health. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fred's honor to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 4, 2013
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