In Memoriam: Nancy K. Innis & Douglas N. Jackson

September 2004

Nancy K. Innis, our Society’s Newsletter Editor since January, 2001, died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage on August 17 while travelling in Tibet. Nancy and a colleague were visiting a Buddhist Temple in Lhasa in a remote area of Tibet when she collapsed. Apparently, Nancy showed no sign that she was in distress and was chatting and joking minutes before the fatal event. Although there was medical expertise in the tour group of which she was a part, she could not be revived.

Nancy did her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto and received a PhD in psychology from Duke University. She was on the faculty of the University of Western Ontario, in the department of psychology, for 30 years Nancy’s initial research interests in animal learning theory eventually gave way to the study of the history of psychology. At the time of her death, at age 63, she had almost completed her biography of the important psychologist, Edward C. Tolman. Her essay on Tolman and his leadership role in resisting Berkeley’s attempt at imposing a loyalty oath on its faculty is posted on the academic freedom section of the SAFS website.

A memorial service was held at the University of Western Ontario on September 13. Speakers who knew Nancy at different times of her life -- family, fellow students, professors, colleagues, and friends - painted a portrait of a dedicated scholar and teacher, a kind and caring friend, and a woman of strong opinions and loyalties. She will be missed. In particular, SAFS will miss her conscientious and steady editing of the Newsletter. She is survived by her sister, Susan.

A fund to support a prize awarded yearly to the student who writes the best essay in Nancy’s “history of psychology “ course will be established. Donations can be sent to: Room 270, Stevenson-Lawson Building, UWO, London, ON, N6A 5B8. On your behalf, the Society has made a donation to this fund.

Douglas N. Jackson, a member of SAFS original Board of Directors and for a time its Treasurer, died on August 22, at age 75, after a lengthy illness. He played an important part in helping to launch SAFS.

A psychologist, Doug was on the faculty at the University of Western Ontario for 32 years. He was an expert in human assessment and made seminal contributions to research in this area. He developed several tests to measure personality, psychopathology, intellectual abilities, and vocational interests. For example, one of his tests has been used by NASA in the selection of astronauts. He founded companies to distribute these tests to schools and businesses all over the world. He published widely and received several distinguished awards, the most recent one (August 2004) being the Samuel J. Messick Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions, awarded by the American Psychological Association. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Doug was an avid traveller and scuba diver. He read voraciously and enjoyed chess. He was philosophic about his impending death, and considered himself a very fortunate man who had led a full life. He leaves his wife, Lorraine, their three children, three children from a previous marriage and five grandchildren. He will be missed.

A scholarship fund in his name has been established at the University of Western Ontario. Donations can be sent to: Room 270, Stevenson-Lawson Building, UWO, London, ON, N6A 5B8. On your behalf, the Society has made a donation to this fund.