In Memoriam: Dr. Joseph L. French

Dr. Joseph  L. French, Professor Emeritus, passed away peacefully on January 14th at the age of 89.

Joseph FrenchDr. French came to Penn State in 1964 to develop and run an independent doctoral school psychology program where he remained in various roles until retiring in 1997. During his career, Joe wrote more than 50 articles for professional journals, 24 pieces for encyclopedias, developed nine tests, completed seven externally funded research projects, and edited two books of readings on educating gifted children. He served on the editorial board of numerous professional journals and assumed leadership roles in many professional organizations (including President of APA Division 16). 

Joe worked tirelessly as a consultant for the Home of the Merciful Savior, a home for children with cerebral palsy. He received numerous professional accolades including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (1994), Illinois State University (ISU) Distinguished Alumnae (1998), the National Association of School Psychologists Legends of School Psychology Award (1999), and was inducted into the ISU College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame (2006).  In retirement, Dr. French continued to complete accreditation site reviews of school psychology doctoral programs. He also continued to serve on the Pennsylvania Psychology Board (1974-2016), including one year as its president. Dr. French contributed much to the early history of Penn State's School Psychology Program and the field. He was a true gentlemen and scholar, and he will be missed.

A Celebration of Life is planned for March 10th in State College.