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Clifford Earl Lunneborg ’54

Clifford Earl Lunneborg ’54, August 10, 2005, in Seattle. Cliff attended Reed for two years, and then transferred to the University of Washington, earning BS, MS, and PhD degrees in psychology in 1954, 1957, 1959, respectively. He married Patricia Wells, a fellow graduate student, and the couple moved to Austin, where Cliff took his first faculty position at the University of Texas. In 1962, he joined the psychology department at the University of Washington, adding a joint appointment in 1979 to the department of statistics. In 1989, Cliff accepted a position as visiting research professor of statistics at the Open University in London, and split his time teaching there and at UW. He officially retired as professor emeritus of psychology and statistics and director of the Educational Assessment Center at the University of Washington in 1991, but continued a part-time teaching position there and at the Open University. In 1999, he and his wife visited six universities in Australia; they enjoyed travel and London theatre. Cliff wrote well over 100 articles and completed four textbooks. He stated in 2004, that Reed introduced him to intellectual life, and provided him sufficient confidence to pursue a career in academia. His classmates, who were "lively, curious, and demanding," remained a continuing source of inspiration to the end of his life.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2005

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