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Helen Peak
Regents' Proceedings 523

Helen Peak, the holder, for twenty years, of an endowed professorship in psychology here, is entering upon her statutory retirement.

A native Texan, graduate with distinction from the University of Texas Helen Peak Retirement in 1921, Miss Peak earned her master's degree at Radcliffe in 1924 and her doctorate at Yale in 1930. Her early experience comprised three years as a clinical psychologist with the Texas correctional system, a year of teaching at Southern Methodist, and three years as Research Assistant at Yale. In the interim before she came to Michigan, she served as Professor of Psychology and Department Chairman at Randolph-Macon Woman's College and later at Connecticut College, interspersing three years of wartime service as a research analyst for the federal government. In 1950 she accepted an appointment as Catharine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Psychology at The University of Michigan. The year 1958-59, she spent as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

In a somewhat special and technical field, Miss Peak maintained a classical interest in general patterns of cognition and broad configurations of attitude. An enlivening influence among graduate students and honors undergraduates, she continued throughout her career her own program of thoughtful and unhurried professional writing. She lent, as well, sane counsel and quiet stimulation to independent academic organizations and to major committees of her college, the Graduate School, and the University. She continued, furthermore, to render occasional service to federal agencies, either carrying out research or providing consultation for all three of the armed forces while on this faculty. In national professional circles, she served as a director, committeewoman, and committee chairman of the American Psychological Association, was Vice-President of the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology, and was influential in establishing and maintaining policies of scholarly publication in psychology. Few psychologists of her sex-and not many, indeed, of either sex-have enjoyed so general and so well deserved a national esteem.

The Regents of the University take delight in extending their formal thanks to this scientist and teacher who has made her professional skill and her gracious personal presence so fruitfully and attractively felt here. They cordially invite her, as Professor Emerita of Psychology, to retain her associations with her local friends and fellows.