The Society for the
Study of Social Issues



A Tribute to Raymond Shrader, PhD

SPSSI member and APA Fellow, Raymond “Ray” R. Shrader passed away at the age of 92 on October 16, 2012 at his home in Knoxville, TN. Ray was born July 21, 1920 in Freeland, PA. Before he joined the ranks of psychologists committed to advancing social issues, he served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific. Afterwards, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University with his soon-to-be-wife, Elizabeth. Ray went on to earn his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville in 1953. He then became a professor of psychology at UT, and for a time was head of the department. He also served as APA council representative for the Tennessee Psychological Association and as Secretary-Treasurer for the Southeastern Psychological Association. True to SPSSI ideals, Ray founded the Smoky Mountain Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV) USA chapter in 1965—a charitable, independent, non-political, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting cultural diversity through educational programs that promote peace through friendship. Throughout his life, he served terms as CISV’s local president, national president, and international president. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Elizabeth; daughters, Kathy Huie and Suzanne Tigert; son, Will; grandchildren Rob Huie, Heather Larsen, Scott Huie, Justin Moore, Betsy Watts, and Matt Shrader; great grandchildren, Carley and Maggie Larsen and Mason Huie; and numerous nieces and nephews. For more on Ray’s extraordinary life, please read his obituary online. 


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