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James C. Lingoes
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Professor James C. Lingoes, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Michigan, died at his home here on December 4, 1990.

Professor Lingoes was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1923. He attended San Francisco Junior College and the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his B.S. degree in 1949. He later held a variety of clinical and research positions at medical and psychological facilities in the San Francisco Bay area. He received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Quantitative Methods from Michigan State University in 1960. The same year, Professor Lingoes joined the University of Michigan as Assistant Professor of Psychology and Research Associate at the University of Michigan Computing Center. He became Associate Professor in 1964 and Professor in 1974. In 1973 he became Associate Research Scientist and Research Scientist in 1974. He retired in 1985.

Early in Professor Lingoes' career, high-speed digital computing was in its infancy but evolving rapidly. During this period he provided invaluable assistance and consultation to literally hundreds of students and colleagues, often personally writing or adapting software programs for their benefit. He wrote extensively in his field and gave numerous presentations. Professor Lingoes, who had a rare combination of expertise in both clinical diagnostic methods and multivariate quantitative analysis, had a highly productive career and was well-regarded by his colleagues. His was an all-too-rare amalgam of diverse capacities, interests and skills, expressed in an unusual career path. His activities led to a handsome array of contributions to his field and to our University.

Our condolences go to his wife, Julia; son, Michael; daughter, Melanie; and seven grandchildren.

Albert C. Cain