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Classroom Profile

E. Lowell Kelly
The Michigan Alumnus 42

E. Lowell Kelly, currently serving
 as President of the Michigan Psycho
logical Association, joined the Uni
versity faculty as Professor of Psy
chology in 1946, and is also Director
 of Clinical Training. Aside from his teaching duties, he serves as a consultant to the Veterans Administration, 
to the Institute of Mental Health,
 U. S. Public Health Service, and to the 
U. S. Navy.

He was born in Kokomo,
 Indiana, and earned his B.S. degree at 
Purdue in 1926, the A.M. from Colo
rado College of Education two years 
later, and the Ph.D. from Stanford in
 1930. He further studied at the Uni
versity of Berlin and the University of

Professor Kelly began his ca
reer as a high school principal at Taiban, New Mexico, and then spent two
 years as a member of the faculty at the
 University of Hawaii before joining 
the University of Connecticut faculty. 
 From 1939 until 1942, he was a mem
ber of the faculty at Purdue University 
and served as Director of the Psycho
logical Clinic there.

Then he was 
called to service in the Navy where he
 was a Commander, associated primarily with aviation medicine and
 aviation training in the selection of 
pilots and the improvement of flight 
training methods. He was awarded 
the Secretary of Navy's Letter of
 Commendation with ribbon for his con
tributions during the war.

 Kelly's chief research interests lie in 
the study of psychological factors in
 marital compatibility and in the assessment of qualifications for professional 
training. He is currently conducting 
extensive research on the latter for the
 Veterans Administration. He has just 
begun a three-year term as a member 
of the board of directors of the Amer
ican Psychological Association, is
 chairman of the A.P.A. Committee on
 Training and Clinical Psychology, and 
belongs to the following other groups:
 Sigma Xi, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Delta
 Kappa, the American Association for 
the Advancement of Science and the 
Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences. 

He has published in numerous profes
sional journals and has written several 
flight training manuals. Professor Kelly
 and his family live on a farm where 
they can be near the airport and be
 away from the city so that he and his
 wife can better avail themselves of
 their hobby, amateur radio. The Pro
fessor has his own pilot's license to fly, 
but is too busy to engage in that hobby
 now. He and his wife have three chil
dren, Patricia Ann, nine, Paul, six, and
 Pamela, eight months old.