Obituary: Stuart Oskamp
Wesley Schultz, California State University San Marcos
Stu received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1960, where he worked with Leon Festinger. He came to Claremont Graduate University in 1960, where he remained for the duration of his career. Stu made many contributions to the well-being of people and the planet. Even after retiring from Claremont Graduate University, he went on to serve as Emeritus for many years. His 2000 article in the American Psychologist, A sustainable future for humanity? How can psychology help? is just one example of his many publications illuminating the value of applied psychology. Stu authored and co-authored a large number of publications on attitudes, environmental sustainability, diversity, prejudice and discrimination, and health behaviors.
Stu was a champion for SPSSI. He received the Outstanding Service award in 1996, was elected to the SPSSI Council many times, and served as Editor of JSI for two terms from 1988-1992 (also the Editorial Board of JSI for 4-years following his term). In recognition of his accomplishments, Stu was the 2009 recipient of the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Association. In that same year, Stu received the Western Psychological Association's Social Responsibility Award.
We are sure that many of you know of Stu's work or knew him personally. His decades of contributions in the field and his many positive collaborations and support to students and colleagues remain highly influential. Our heartfelt condolences to those who knew Stu personally. He will be remembered.