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Daniel Katz
Regents' Proceedings 876

Daniel Katz, Professor of Psychology, officially retired on May 31, 1974, thus concluding the formal teaching and research career of one of the most distinguished social psychologists in modern times.

A native in Trenton, New Jersey, he completed his undergraduate work at the University of Buffalo in 1925 earning a B.A. degree. He pursued his graduate studies at, Syracuse University receiving both his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees there in 1926 and 1928 respectively.

He was appointed an instructor in 1928 at Princeton University where he was later promoted to Assistant Professor in 1931 and Associate Professor in 1939. From 1943 to 1947, he served as Professor of Psychology and Department Chairman at Brooklyn College.

In 1947 he came to the University as Professor of Psychology and Program Director in the Survey Research Center.

Throughout his career he has continually distinguished himself as a teacher, counselor to graduate students, and an avid research specialist in political behavior studies both here and abroad.

His work has brought honor and acclaim not only to himself, but most assuredly to the University and his department as well. His reputation as an investigator and writer is clearly acknowledged by colleagues the world over. The University will indeed sorely miss the contributions he has made not only in his field but to this institution as well.

The Regents now salute this eminent scholar and extend to him their warmest greetings as they name him Professor Emeritus of Psychology.