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[Xmca-l] Re: Roland Tharp
Thank you for telling us about Roland's passing, Gordon, and passing along
Lois Yamauchi message about him.
An article he co-authored will be in the next issue of MCA.
He will be missed.
On Sat, Jan 16, 2016 at 6:16 AM, Gordon Wells <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From: Lois Yamauchi <email@example.com>
> Date: Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 7:39 AM
> Subject: Roland Tharp
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
> Cc: Clifford O'Donnell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Dear Colleagues:
> A close friend and treasured colleague for over 45 years, Roland Tharp,
> died on December 25th. He touched the lives of all who were privileged to
> know him with his kindness, generosity of spirit, and humanity. Roland was
> a renaissance human being: scholar, theorist, researcher, educator, poet,
> writer, and film director. He combined scientific rigor with an artistic
> mind, appreciating the cultural, mystical and spiritual among the many ways
> of knowing.
> For more than a decade, Roland taught a graduate seminar each summer in the
> Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Hawai‘i. He was
> Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the Universities of of Hawai‘i and
> California-Santa Cruz and was also a Research Professor, Senior Scientist,
> and Director in the Graduate School of Education, University of
> California-Berkeley. In his eight years at Berkeley, he received $32M in
> competitive awards. His multidisciplinary research and theory spanned over
> 52 years and 250 publications.
> He began his professional career in Arizona where he founded the first
> graduate program in Community Psychology (University of Arizona, Master of
> Arts). In Arizona he formulated his Triadic Model of behavioral
> intervention with family and community members as change agents. His book
> with Bud Wetzel based on this work, Behavior Modification in the Natural
> Environment, is a recurrent Citations Classic. For the last 30 years he
> continued his work in Arizona by serving on the Board of Directors of the
> Intermountain Centers for Human Development providing community-based
> residential and support services to at-risk individuals and persons with
> At the University of Hawai‘i, he created a system of educational reform
> based on the cultural values and strengths of the Native Hawaiian community
> (the Kamehameha Early Education Project). His book with Ronald Gallimore
> based on this work, Rousing Minds to Life: Teaching and Learning in Social
> Context, won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award. This system of educational
> reform has been studied intensely and published widely for Native
> Hawaiians, Navajo, Zuni, urban mixed ethnicity poverty neighborhoods in
> Houston, Chicago and Indianapolis, Latino immigrant and migrant communities
> in Northern California, Appalachian urban migrants in Louisville, and in
> the recent national educational reform in urban migrants in Louisville, and
> in the recent national educational reform in Greenland.
> Also at the University of Hawai‘i, he founded the Clinical Studies graduate
> program, guided the program to APA accreditation, and became a prominent
> professor in our doctoral program in Community and Cultural Psychology. He
> served as President of the Hawai‘i Psychological Association and the
> Hawai‘i Literary Arts Council, and was awarded the Regents Medal for
> Excellence in Teaching.
> In addition to his accomplishments in psychology and education, Roland
> received major awards for his fiction, poetry and films. Among many others,
> these include the Ida and Charles Freeman Short Story Award for Cat-House,
> a Robert Frost Fellowship in Poetry, the Grand Prize, Atlantic Monthly
> National Contest (Essay) for Romanesque Sculpture: A Study in the Hideous,
> and the American Film Magazine Award, Hawai‘i International Film Festival,
> for his film My Aunt May.
> Roland maintained his intellectual curiosity right up to the end of his 85
> years. In his late 70s and early 80s he traveled frequently to Greenland to
> consult on their educational reforms. At 80 he published his last book of
> poetry, Mad With Flowers And Tears. At 82 he published his theory locating
> the nexus of influence-for-change within the psychosocial systems and
> social networks of communities: Delta: Toward a Unified and Universal
> Theory and Practice of Influence and Change.
> In his last two years, several of his poems were set to music and released
> as a CD, and the 10th edition of Self-Directed Behavior: Self Modification
> for Personal Adjustment was published with David Watson. Roland's latest
> article, Cultural-Historical Activity Theory and Cultural Community
> Psychology: The Potential for Greater Commonality is in the current issue
> of Mind, Culture, and Activity.
> Roland is listed in the Outstanding Educators of America, Who’s Who in
> American Education, Poets of America, the International Who’s Who in
> Poetry, and Poets’ Encyclopedia.
> Let us celebrate his remarkable life and continue to be inspired by his
> many works.* Please join us at a memorial service for Roland on*
> *Sunday, January 24 at Bishop Memorial Chapel, Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama
> Campus, noon until 4 pm. *
> Clifford R. O'Donnell, Ph.D.
> Professor Emeritus, Psychology
> Lois A. Yamauchi, PhD,
> Professor, Educational Psychology
It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an
object that creates history. Ernst Boesch