Department of Psychology at Illinois State University
Dr. Lewis was a member of the Department of Psychology for over 20 years and of the Illinois State University community for over 35 years.
Marge, as she was known to her friends and colleagues, arrived at Illinois State in 1951 as a teacher of students with physical disabilities. She was a "master teacher" working in the laboratory school and conducting teaching methods workshops nationwide for other special education teachers. In 1966, she joined the Department of Psychology as part of the school psychology graduate program, where she remained until her retirement in 1987.
Dr. Lewis was a respected and beloved professor to over 400 graduate students in the school, and clinical and counseling psychology graduate programs, as well as the hundreds of undergraduate students in her Psychology of Exceptional Children (PSY 346) classes. She was a strong and independent woman but warm and supportive to students and colleagues alike.
Dr. Lewis passed away on May 11, 2005, in Normal, IL.
All who knew her and were touched by her life will miss Marge. Memorials may be made in her honor to the Department of Psychology, School Psychology Program, c/o Illinois State University Foundation, Campus Box 8000, Normal, IL 61790-8000.
Gary Ramseyer, a professor of psychology passed away on March 27, 2012. Gary, who was known as our in-house Dr. Humor of the stat set, retired in December, 1998, after more than 30 years of service. He taught math at University High School and received his doctorate in educational statistics from the University of Iowa in 1965.
Although he was widely known in measurement circles for his three publications with Dr. Valjean Cashen on the use of separate multiple-choice answer sheets in the early elementary grades and in statistical circles for his robustness studies of the q-statistic with Dr. Kup Cheng, he is perhaps more widely acclaimed for his website called the First Internet Galley of Statistics Jokes, which was developed in 1997. . Dr. Ramseyer's son, Joel, will continue to update this statistical website.
All who knew and were touched by his life will miss Gary. Memorials may be made in his honor to the Department of Psychology, c/o Illinois State University Foundation, Campus Box 8000, Normal, IL 61790-8000.
Leonard Schmaltz, professor of psychology for 26 years, died October 30, 2000 at age 59, surrounded by his family. Len was known for many accomplishments both within the department and Illinois State University. Among them was his scholarship, his unsurpassed teaching skills, his broad perspective on diverse issues, and his unprecedented 11 years as president of the Academic Senate at Illinois State.
Certainly Len’s greatest love and commitment was teaching, and perhaps his greatest notoriety was accorded him by his students who affectionately dubbed him “Captain Lenny.” Year after year, Len’s reputation was passed down and students regularly oversubscribed his General Psychology classes. He taught with characteristic flair until the day before his hospitalization.
The University community acknowledged his many contributions in a memorial service on November 20, 2000. Len will be a legend very fondly remembered for years to come.
All who knew and were touched by his life will miss Lenny. Memorials may be made in his honor to the Department of Psychology, c/o Illinois State University Foundation, Campus Box 8000, Normal, IL 61790-8000.