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 where condolences and memories may be shared.


Published by Akron Beacon Journal from Sep. 29 to Oct. 2, 2013.
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He was a great teacher of Psychology. Very interesting to listen, see, as my first class in 1965-66. He began my college year, good college years at the University of Akron. RIP.
Deborah Williams
September 23, 2021
I was one of those freshman watching him in the 1965-66 year at the University of Akron. I have never forgotten him. He was a great teacher!
Bill Voss
October 4, 2013
To Ann my condolence on the loss of your father.
Tom Andersen
October 1, 2013
To the family of Dr. Popplestone,
I was inspired by his teachings on the television monitor at A.U. during the years of 70-74. Thank you! May your soul rest in peace.
Sharon Clines-Meier,M.S. CCC Speech and Language Pathologist
Owner of Able Speech and Voice
Osprey, Fl.
October 1, 2013
To the Popplestone family:

A great teacher for all of us in General Psychology our Freshman year at the U of Akron. He gave great lectures, and even on closed circuit TV you could tell that he loved his subject matter and wanted us to learn about Psychology and its principles. I will not forget him.
September 30, 2013
How fitting Dr. Popplestone's memorial is Homecoming weekend at the University of Akron. It's been over 40 years since I graduated, and I still remember watching him on TV and the "basic" life principles he taught us in General Psych.... Maybe he's why I got my MS in Counseling..... hmmm. Thank you for the memories.
Marlene Maxwell Costigan
September 29, 2013
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