Memorial to Cattell by Devon Elaine Cattell Gonzales
death notice was posted by Raymond B. Cattell student, John Horn.
Dr. Cattell withdrew his name for consideration for the Gold Medal
Award two weeks before his death. The Blue Ribbon committee that
was organized to review the decision has been disbanded leaving
the Cattell affair unresolved. The award, however, was never bestowed.
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B. Cattell died in his sleep, at his home in Honolulu, on the
evening of February 2. Born in 1905, he would have celebrated
his 93rd birthday on March 15. He had been sick with colon cancer,
prostate cancer and congestive heart failure. The latter was the
primary cause if death. His son, Harry, a physician, reported
that his father's heart had become very weak. Over the last several
months, it had been pumping only a fraction of the blood needed
to sustain life. It was a marvel, Harry said, that his father
had held on to life for so long.
received the "Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychological
Science," announced in the American Psychologist, August,
1997 (52.8: 797-799.). The citation accompanying the award reads
a remarkable 70-year career, Raymond B. Cattell has made prodigious,
landmark contributions to psychology, including factor analytic
mapping of the domains of personality, motivation, and abilities;
exploration of three different medias of assessment; separation
of fluid and crystallized intelligence; and numerous methodological
innovations. Thus,Cattell became recognized in numerous substantive
areas, providing a model of the complete psychologist in an age
of specialization. It may be said that Cattell stands without
peer in his creation of a unified theory of individual differences
integrating intellectual, temperamental, and dynamic domains of
personality in the context of environmental and hereditary influences.
for all in all, we shall not look upon his like again.
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