Denison mourns the loss of Emeritus Professor Parker Lichtenstein
A message from President Dale Knobel:
January 25, 2011
I am saddened to inform you that Parker E. Lichtenstein, professor emeritus of psychology, former dean of the college and former acting president, died on January 24 in Leesburg, Florida. He was 95.
Dr. Lichtenstein served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII from 1942 to 1945, serving duty with the Greenland Patrol in the North Atlantic and later in actions in the South Pacific Theater. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. He studied under noted psychologists B.F. Skinner and Winthrop Kellogg. Dr. Lichtenstein was chair of the Psychology Department at Denison from 1951 to 1954. He served as dean of the college from 1954 to 1970 and was acting president in 1968-69. He retired from Denison in 1978. Before coming to Denison, Dr. Lichtenstein served as assistant professor of psychology at Antioch College. Additionally, he was director of the Hubert Eaton Program for Faculty Development at the University of Redlands in California.
Described by friends as a “renaissance man,” Dr. Lichtenstein was the author of many articles on psychology in various professional journals and also a frequent book reviewer. His memberships include Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, American Psychological Association, Midwestern Psychological Association, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Sigma Alpha, Phi Sigma Kappa, and American Conference of Academic Deans. He also served as a consultant/examiner of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and as visiting professor and Brown Foundation Fellow at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. In Granville, he was a member of Rotary and served as a deacon and board member at First Baptist Church.
Dr. Lichtenstein was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Marion R. (Locke) Lichtenstein, this past April.
Condolences may be left online at www.beyersfuneralhome.com. The Denison flag will fly at half staff for a period of three days in Dr. Lichtenstein’s memory.