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RIEBER--Dr. Robert.

Dr. Robert W. Rieber, professor emeritus, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, of New York City and Prospect Point, Maine, passed peacefully on April 9 at age 83. Dr. Rieber gained recognition asserting that "Sybil," whose tale brought multiple-personality disorder to public attention, actually had a single troubled personality. Dr. Rieber authored "Manufacturing Social Distress: Psychopathy in Everyday Life" and "The Psychopathology of Language and Cognition." He edited the Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories, and The Collected Works of L.S. Vygotsky. A film noir connoisseur, he co-wrote "Film, Television, and the Psychology of the Social Dream." A Penn State grad, with doctorate from University of London, he was on faculty of Columbia, and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Association, and New York Academy of Sciences. He was editor of the Journal of Social Distress and the Journal of Psycholinguistics. Lover of rare literary treasures, his distinguished collection is now catalogued. Survived by wife, Louise, children Dan (Dee) Rieber, Andi (Steven) Irwin, and Sara Rieber, and granddaughters, Kathryn Rose Rieber and Rose Irwin.

Published in The New York Times on Apr. 12, 2015