President Trombley on Passing of Emeritus Professor Robert Albert
I write to share with you the sad news of Emeritus Professor of Psychology Robert (Bob) Albert's passing last week. He is survived by his wife Julie, two children and several grandchildren.
Professor Albert joined Pitzer College in 1965, just two years after the College's founding, as Professor of Psychology. His overall field was genius and eminence, with his major work a longitudinal study of gifted children including those from Julian Stanley's Johns Hopkins Math Talent Search. Having interviewing the children and their parents for years, in many cases they remained in touch even upon conclusion of his study.
Professor Albert was much admired at Pitzer, known as a remarkable teacher, adviser and scholar by his colleagues and students. He was also nationally recognized by his colleagues having been elected as a Fellow by the American Psychological Association as well as appointed to the Task Force of Mental Health Care Professionals of the American Association for Gifted Children. Retired in 1988, Professor Albert continued to teach classes at the College, continued his research, and continued his travels to Europe, especially Paris, with Julie.
His family plans to celebrate his life in a private ceremony later this week. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be directed to the Emeriti Faculty Scholarship Fund at Pitzer College, in memory of Bob Albert.
Laura Skandera Trombley