This is an announcement of a remembrance we're preparing for Jerry at ABAI in Chicago near the end of May. If any of you can attend, that would be wonderful.
Remembering Gerald Mertens
Chair: Richard Malott (Western Michigan University)
Jerry Mertens was the founder of ABAI. If there had been no Jerry Mertens, there would be no ABAI, and you wouldnt be a member of this wonderful organization. The first meeting of ABAI was, in 1974, under the name of Organization Meeting: Midwestern Experimental Analysis of Behavior Group. The next year, we became MABA, then ABA, and now ABAI. But Jerry started it all. Jerry was not a scholar, not a researcher; he had an MA (from the University of Mississippi). Instead he was a teacher, at Saint Cloud State University, for 53 years, from 1965 to 2018. Jerry trained up the undergrads and then shipped them off to grad schools around the country. And every summer, for years, hed load a school bus full of undergrads and take them on a tour of the major behavioral centers around the country. If there had been no Jerry Mertens, there would be many people who would not be behavior analysts today. In recognition of his contribution to our field, ABAI has arranged a remembrance event with some remarks by a few close colleagues, as well as the opportunity for other attendees to speak in honor of Jerrys memory.