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E. Lowell Kelly
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Professor Emeritus E. Lowell Kelly died Sunday, January 19, 1986 in Ann Arbor, following the death of his beloved wife Lillian by only a few weeks. To the very end, he was working on manuscripts, discussing a new journal article, delighting in the achievements of students and colleagues, devoted to his field and his university. Professor Kelly was a renowned pioneer in the area of psychological assessment. Amidst his extensive and widely cited scholarly work, the best known is his classic study of prediction of performance of clinical psychologists, but his writings include a host of empirical studies and invaluable critiques in aspects of assessment, and a life-long project exploring psychological factors in marital compatibility. His expertise in assessment led to Professor Kelly's recruitment to serve as director of the Selection Division of the Peace Corp in its early formative days: he also served as advisor to the Director of the National Selective Service, and as consultant to many federal government agencies and panels - the Veterans Administration, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Office of Naval Research, Agency for International Development -- and to the Educational Testing Service and the Psychological Corporation as well. He was a challenging, inspiring teacher who leaves behind him generations of devoted, grateful students across the country, many of whom carry on his tradition of scientific contributions, dedicated teaching, energetic administrative service, and commitment to enhancing the effectiveness of clinical services.

Professor Kelly served the University in numerous vital administrative roles: as Chairman of the Department of Psychology (1958-1962); Director of the Institute for Human Adjustment (1949-1974); in SACUA, the Executive Committee of LS&A and an endless array of university committees. His wise leadership was much sought and honored well beyond the university. In addition to government service, he was a President of the American Psychological Association, President of its Division of Clinical Psychology, repeatedly chaired key boards and committees within the American Psychological Association; he also was elected President of the Michigan Psychological Association. His rich, many-faceted scholarly contributions led to The University of Michigan's Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 1960 and last year to the American Psychological Foundation's Gold Medal Award for Significant and Continuing Contributions to Professional Psychology.

Albert Cain