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Frederick Wyatt
Regents' Proceedings 388

Frederick Wyatt is a distinguished member of that group of European scholars and scientists, which invigorated and to some considerable degree transformed American academic and intellectual life. His contributions to psychology and to this University are so many and so various that one can mention only the highlights.

He was born in Vienna in 1911, attended the University of Vienna, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1936, in psychology, philosophy, and literature. That breadth of interest continued into his later career, since he has made contributions to all of those disciplines. He also received psychoanalytic training, first in Vienna, then later in Boston, after his arrival in this country in 1939.

Before coming to Michigan, he was on the staff of a number of universities, including Ohio State, Harvard, Simmons, MIT, Clark (as Associate Professor), and Boston University. In addition he was a psychologist at a number of hospitals, and served as Chief Psychologist at the prestigious McLean Hospital in the period from 1944 to 1948. Michigan was fortunate enough to attract him in 1952, when he became Director of the Psychological Clinic, and a member of the Department of Psychology. He is largely responsible for the shaping of the Clinic, which is widely acknowledged to be the leading training institution of its type in the world.

His contributions to his profession, through service and writing, are literally too numerous to describe adequately. He has written over a hundred articles and reviews. He was elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association, of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, and of the Society for Projective Technique. He has been a member of the Norwegian, Michigan, and German Psychoanalytic Associations. He was President of the Division of Esthetics of the American Psychological Association, and President of the Society for Projective Techniques. He has also held a number of research fellowships, from Russell Sage, from the Ford Foundation, and was Fulbright Professor on three separate occasions. He has been an editor or consulting editor for five scholarly journals, and has in particular served the University through his connection with Comparative Studies in Society and History, and the Michigan Quarterly Review, as well as serving as chairman of the editorial committee of the University of Michigan Press. The positions mentioned above represent only about one third of those that could be adduced; and yet even a full documentation of his achievements would not quite capture the extraordinary versatility of his interests. He has written extensively on psychotherapy, on projective testing, and on clinical problems in general, as one might expect; but he has also written on education, on philosophical topics, on the family, on issues of social change, on aesthetics, on history, and on other topics as well. His versatility, his originality, and his depth of observation have made him an inspiration to his many students and colleagues, in psychology and in other areas as well.

The Regents honor this distinguished scholar by naming him Professor Emeritus of Psychology.