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College of Arts and Sciences|Outstanding Former Faculty

Lillian G. Portenier* - 1995 - Outstanding Former Faculty

Psychology Department

   Public Service was as much a part of Lillian Portenier's life as teaching. A professor of psychology when she retired in 1961, she was dedicated to undergraduate psychology majors. Dr. Portenier joined the University of Wyoming as a Mathematics instructor in 1925 after receiving an A.M. degree from the University of Nebraska. She became an assistant professor of Psychology in 1930 and, after earning a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1933, received promotions to full professor. During World War II, she was acting head of the Department of Psychology and director of Student Personnel Services.

   Dr. Portenier was a leader in the movements to provide service to the mentally ill and children, helping to found and oversee numerous organizations and programs, including the Wyoming Chapter of the National Association for Mental Health. Dr. Portenier passed away in 1979.

   "Lillian Portenier cared deeply about people in trouble and fought hard to bring mental health services to the people of Wyoming"
-Elmer "Kim" Nelson Exemplary Alumnus

  *In loving memory.

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