Dr. Edwin A. Fleishman
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Dr. Edwin A. Fleishman, of Silver Spring, MD, passed away on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife, Pauline Fleishman (nee Utman); sons, Jeffrey B. Fleishman and Alan R. (Tina) Fleishman; brother, Dr. Robert P. (Janet) Fleishman; and grandchildren, Sera Jane and Ariana Fleishman. He was predeceased by his parents, Sera and Harry Fleishman.

Dr. Edwin A. Fleishman was an American psychologist best known Internationally for his work in the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He was born in New York City and grew up in Baltimore. A graduate of Baltimore City College High School in 1943, he completed his Bachelors Degree at Loyola College in just two years in a special course because of World War II at age 18. After a year serving in the United States Navy, he received his Masters Degree in Psychology at the University of Maryland and his PhD Doctorate in 1951 from Ohio State University. He then took a position with the United States Air Force in San Antonio, Texas where he participated in the design of the cockpit in the first Capsule of the Project Mercury Program. He also developed a program to increase the efficiency of motor skills for Air Force pilots.

Beginning In 1957, he was a Professor at Yale University in the Department of Psychology and founded the Human Skills Research Laboratory there. He published a book titled, "Psychology and Human Performance" which helped delineate which exercises were most effective in achieving physical fitness. Dr. Fleishman was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship which allowed him to spend a year in Israel as a visiting professor at the Technion University. He also was invited to be a guest lecturer in England, China, and many other countries. In 1960, he was one of eight invited psychologists to visit the Soviet Union to learn about psychological developments in that country. He arrived just a few weeks after the United States U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was shot down over Russia. He was taken to see the U-2 close up which he described as "a mind-boggling experience "He became a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at George Mason University in 1986 where he founded the Center for Behavioral and Cognitive Studies.

In addition to several textbooks, Dr. Fleishman was author of more than 250 Journal Articles and Research Reports. But above all, he was a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather, friend. A man of character. A man who loved deeply and was loved deeply in return.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Sunday, February 21st, 2021 at 2 pm . Interment Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery - Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Central Scholarship Bureau, Sera & Harry Fleishman Scholarship Fund, 6 Park Center Court, Suite 211, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

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Published in Baltimore Sun from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2021.
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February 23, 2021
Ed really put the George Mason University Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology program "on the map." As a current professor there, although I only met him once for a few minutes, I am very grateful to him for that--and so are the other professors, graduate students, alumni, and the field of I-O Psychology. I'd like to express my sincere condolences to Ed's family. His was a long life well lived. May his memory be a blessing.
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February 22, 2021
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February 22, 2021
Ed was so many things to me. He was my major professor at GMU but also a best friend. We shared many memories working on my degree, but that was really a small part. We had many conversations over lunches, dinners, and SIOP cocktail parties, usually about everyday things like travel, food, wine, and art. It was an unexpected and unique friendship. At our wedding, instead of tossing the bouquet, we had a couples dance. Whoever was left standing on the dance floor (based on length of marriage) received my bouquet and a bottle of champagne. Ed and Pauline were the last ones and set us a great role model. I will hold my memories close and thank both of them for being such an important part of our lives.
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February 20, 2021
Baruch Dayan HaEmet - what at terrible loss. Ed (and Pauline) have been part of our family, related by love, forever. He will be missed. May his memory always be a blessing.
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