1950s

1950

Bert Kersh

Bert was immediately recalled to active duty in the Army serving as a Neuropsychiatric Specialist at Madigan Army Hospital -- a benefit of having learned psychometric testing during his senior year, including the Rorschach, a rare undergraduate offering in those days. That experience taught him that he most certainly did not want to work as a clinical psychologist, so he obtained a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1955. After working at System Development Corporation in Santa Monica he was invited to help start a unique research center at Western Oregon University. After 7 years in full-time research, he was appointed Dean of Faculty at Western and served in that position for over 10 years. Before retiring he taught undergraduate psychology for a decade, an experience that proved to be the most pleasant and personally rewarding phase of his career. Bert's wife of 59 years Barbara graduated from UCSB in Art and is a gifted fabric artist. They have 4 adult children, 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Their oldest son graduated from the USMA and has a MS in computer science from the Post Naval Graduate School in Monterey; their daughter and her husband raised three daughters and are proud grand parents; their second son received a degree in architecture from U Oregon and lives with his family in Eugene; their youngest son graduated from SFSU in Poly Sci and now works in the world of finance while living with his family in Laguna Niguel. Grandson Zackery Kersh entered UCSB in fall 2009.

Jane (Silver) Carlisle

Continues to work on campus at Counseling Services (since 1971) as a psychologist (was Associate Director for 10 years between 1995 and 2005). Also has a small private practice.

1954

James Fozard

James was the last class to graduate from the Riviera campus. The major influence in my early psychology career was Dr. Robert Gottsdanker. After finishing my doctorate at Lehigh University and post doc at MIT, I spent most of my career doing research on aging. Years later, Dr. Gottsdanker became interested in reaction time differences in young and old adults and contributed significantly to research in that area. I served on various scientific committees with him and at his invitation, and gave a lecture on age differences in memory and perceptual motor function at UCSB. My wife who accompanied me on that trip exclaimed, after viewing the Goleta campus, "How did you get any work done here?" a question that I answered evasively. I am partly retired, but serve as Associate Editor for Gerontechnology, and work part time at the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Most of my work is helping young faculty develop winning research proposals! fozard@tampabay.rr.com

1957

Jane Silver Carlisle and Harry Carlisle

Jane and Harry married 1957. Harry got a UCSB M.S. in 1959 and a University of Washington Ph.D. 1962, then a Post Doc at University of Penn 1964. Finally, back to UCSB in 1964 to join Psychology faculty. Meanwhile 3 children were born. Jane received M. ED (UCSB) 1969, took job as Counselor at UCSB Counseling and Career Services, and received a UCSB Ph.D. 1992. Meanwhile Jane and Harry both working at UCSB in respective departments; Harry tenured faculty and Jane Associate Director of Counseling. Harry retired in 2003; died in 2003. Our oldest son died 1988, had been builder/designer and at his death had passed 5 of the 9 exams for licensure as Architect. Youngest son is therapist in Colorado. Daughter is artist, formerly in New York City, now in Santa Barbara. Jane continues to work on campus at Counseling Services and also has a small private practice. Intends to retire in 2 years.

1958

Hoben Thomas

B.A. 1958. I remember Altus, Beaver, Gottsdanker, and McClintock who at that time was a fresh PhD just out of Michigan as I recall. Emeritus professor at Penn State, University Park, still doing math models stuff, and splitting time between State College, PA and New Bern, NC.

1959

Bill Collins

I entered the military summer 1959, and spent two very enjoyable years in Washington, D.C. assigned to the U.S. Army’s Personnel Research Division out of the Pentagon [as a direct result of my work in the UCSB psychology department]. This experience had significant impact on my subsequent career. An M.A. degree in psychology [Honors – Phi Kappa Phi] was completed in 1972. I enjoyed a challenging career with three N.Y.S.E. corporations in Operations and Labor Relations management as a Vice President and Director of Operations. Rita Mattern and I were an item together at UCSB in 1959. We have both now retired and recently celebrated our 50th anniversary in early 2010 with a wonderful month's trip in Australia and New Zealand. We followed that up later in the year with two weeks in Prague and a river trip on the Danube to Vienna and Budapest. Bill continues to be active in the stock market and thinks of it as a part time job and hobby in retirement. They both are active, walk a lot, and play a bit of bridge and cribbage. The wonderful years on the then "new" UCSB Campus are still quite fresh in mind.

Michael Abraham

Retired, a trustee of the University of La Verne. Awarded an honorary Dr. Of Humane Letters. The Campus Center named after my wife (Sara) and me. For UCSB, I underwrote the TMP annual gift for a number of years. The Thunderdome has an entry named for my contribution. I always have been a proud graduate of the school.