Edward E. Sampson (1934−2019)

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American Psychologist


Presents an obituary for Edward E. Sampson (1934-2019). Sampson was a brilliant critical psychologist and social commentator. As a child he aspired to become “a song and dance man” but settled for being an inspiring teacher, ground-breaking writer, and skillful (and humorous) public speaker. When he laughed or danced, he bore a remarkable likeness to the famous Gene Kelly. He was effortlessly charismatic and yet suspicious of the leader-follower dynamic, a tension that moved him to eschew public leadership roles and self-promotion. Sampson’s sociopolitical vision, personal and professional integrity, and creative intelligence are an inspiration to all who read his work, knew him, or learned from him. The world is a poorer place for his absence.

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