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Psychology professor emeritus to speak on department’s history, April 27

Professor Emeritus Joseph L. French head shot

Professor Emeritus Joseph L. French ’49, M.S. ’50, Ed.D., ABPP, will explore the early history of the Department of Psychology on Thursday, April 27.

The Department of Psychology will present a talk titled “‘Marzolf and Joe’: Memories of the Late 1940s and Early 1950s at Illinois State Normal University,” with Joseph L. French ’49, M.S. ’50, Thursday, April 27, at 2 p.m. in 551 DeGarmo Hall.


This talk explores the relationship between Distinguished Professor of Psychology Stanley Marzolf and French while the latter was a graduate student in psychology at Illinois State Normal University. As a graduate student, French worked under Marzolf’s supervision in the University Psychology Clinic for three years.

After French received his master’s degree, he was appointed to the psychology faculty from 1950–1955. His talk will provide a glimpse into the Department of Psychology (then Psychology and Education) and graduate education in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

If you need a special accommodation to participate in this program, call the Department of Psychology at (309) 439-8651. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

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