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John A. Popplestone

1928 - 2013
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John A. Popplestone

John A. Popplestone, born in Louisville, Ky. on October 30,1928, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013.

John received his B.A. from the University of Michigan (1949), his M.A. from Wayne State University (1953) and his Ph.D. from Washington University (1958). John was on the faculty of The University of Akron from 1961-1999 and was the Director of the Archives of the History of American Psychology. He was active in the American Psychological Association and served on the governing council of representatives and numerous advisory committees. John was a major figure in both Division 26 of A.P.A. and the Cheiron Society, which dealt with the history of psychology. Among his honors was Fellowship in A.P.A., and in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a membership in the Society of American Archivists. He was the author or co-author of more than 40 articles published in psychological journals and of 53 papers given at scholarly meetings. In addition, he was co-author of five books, notably A Dictionary of Concepts in General Psychology (Greenwood Press, 1988) and An Illustrated History of American Psychology (1st edition Brown and Benchmark, 1994; 2nd edition University of Akron Press, 1998). He was gratified by national and international recognition of his work (and that of his wife in the Service of Scholarship on the History of Psychology 1999/2000).

He is survived by his daughter; Ann. John was preceded in death by his wife, Marion White Popplestone (McPherson).

Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Rd., Fairlawn, OH 44333.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to: The Popplestone/McPherson Honorary Fund c/o University of Akron Foundation, Paul E. Martin University Center, Akron OH 44325-2603. Please visit www.hummelcares.com where condolences and memories may be shared.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2013
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