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Daniel Katz
LSA Minutes

Daniel Katz, 1903-1998

Daniel Katz, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, died quietly at him home February 28th. Dr. Katz was 95 years old. Although he had become increasingly frail in recent years, Dr. Katz's remarkable intellect and character remained unchanged. Over the years, he had the opportunity to create a supportive community that enabled him to live independently until his death. In this, as in many other ways, he set an example for the many people who knew and loved him.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1903, Dr. Katz graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1925 and immediately began his doctoral work at Syracuse University. His mentor there, and subsequent co-author in an early survey of student opinions, was Floyd H. Allport, one of the pioneers of social psychology. In 1928, Dr. Katz left Syracuse to join the faculty of Princeton University where he remained for 15 years. During his return to New Jersey, he met and married Christine Braley, who died in 1983.

In the early 1940's, Dr. Katz joined a group of social scientists in Washington, who were responding to the needs of government agencies for continuing data on the impact of federal policies during World War II. At the end of the war, members of this group, led by Rensis Likert, formed the core of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Daniel Katz, who had departed from the group to chair the department of psychology at Brooklyn University, brought his family to Ann Arbor in 1947 to join his colleagues.

At Michigan, with a joint appointment in the department of psychology and the Institute of Social Research, Katz directed a program of ground-breaking organizational studies and, with Theodore Newcomb, was a major architect of the Michigan doctoral program in social psychology. Since 1970, the University has honored both these men with an annual even, the Katz-Newcomb lecture.

Dr. Katz's scientific and professional contributions have been recognized with many other honors, among them the Gold Medal of the American Psychological Association, the Lewin Award of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the AAPOR Award of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Daniel Katz is survived by his daughters, Joanna, an artist who lives in Berkeley, and Jean Carwardine, a teacher of English as a second language. Other surviving members of his family are his sister, Svea Sommer, her husband, John, and their daughter Catherine. Dr. Katz also leaves many friends, former students, and research colleagues, all of who shared the pleasure of his company, the stimulation of his intellect, and the inspiration of his example.

Jacque Eccles
Acting Chair, Psychology