Gilbert (Gil) Sax Ph.D.
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Gilbert (Gil) Sax, Ph.D.

Gilbert Sax (Gil) died at Swedish Hospital November 17, 2012. He grew up in Los Angeles. By 1956 he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at UCLA and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at USC in 1958. While an undergraduate he married Judy Baker and had three girls: Laurie, Kathy and Karen.

From 1958 to 1966 Gil was Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii. In 1966 he became Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Washington and was Department Chair from 1981-1986. He retired in 1994.

In 1968 he was teaching summer classes at the Univ. of Hawaii. He went to his favorite beach, and saw a woman (Lois Johnson Withers) reading a book he had written. Curiously he asked, "Are you taking Ed. Psych. 414?" Undeterred by her "No,"he continued, "Well, you must be. That's the only class using that book, and I wrote it!" Later, they read their fortunes in a Chinese restaurant. Gil's read "You will soon have many daughters" (his 3 and her 2), and Lois's was "What's a job compared to marriages." They married that September in Seattle and 43 years later the fortunes are still displayed in Gil's study at home.

Gil felt fortunate to have a rewarding and stimulating career. A Fellow in the American Psychological Association, he was also active in American Educational Research Associ-ation, Phi Delta Kappa, and Washington Educational Research Association. He wrote 2 textbooks on educational measurement, evaluation, and research.

Other interests included photo-graphy, astronomy, returning to Honolulu to teach summers and relax at the beach, the company of his family and dogs, compiling an extensive movie collection, and traveling. Traveling through Europe in an orange VW camper (1973-74), visiting ancient Mayan cities, and seeing the Galapagos Islands were particular highlights.

Gil is loved and will be missed by his family: his wife Lois, his daughters Laurie (Vern Anderson), Kathy (Jay Leviton), and Karen (Jeff Lehman), 2 step-daughters Debra Johnson and Jennifer (Scott Greenwood), 10 grandchildren, 3 great-granddaughters, several cousins and their children.

A memorial-celebration of life will be held in January.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 9, 2012.
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January 3, 2013
What a remarkable life. I'm glad to have known Gil even for a little bit of time.
Joyce Peck
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