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Robert H Bruce* -- 1999 -- Outstanding Former Faculty
Robert Hall Bruce is most remembered by his students for his inspirational and interesting classes and his personal contact with students even in large lecture classes. Bruce came to UW as head of the Psychology & Philosophy Department in 1933, just one year after completing his Ph.D. at Ohio State University. (He also earned his B.A. there in 1928. He earned his M.A. at Berkeley in 1930.) He added his experimental and quantitative psychology work to a department known for June Downey’s and Lillian G. Portenier’s clinical and social programs. He was particularly interested in motivation and the learning process. In 1936, the student body voted Bruce the most popular professor against tough competition such as S.H. Knight. In 1967, he received the Alpha Kappa Psi award as Outstanding Faculty Member of UW. In 1970, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Ohio State. In 1980, the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association gave Bruce its Award for Distinguished Service to Psychology. In 1946, Bruce became the first Dean of the Graduate School, though he continued to teach psychology courses part-time until his retirement in 1972. In 1963, he served as Acting Dean of Academic Affairs. He was an active emeritus professor and emeritus dean until 1986. Over his career, he held several fellowships and served as an officer or member of numerous educational and professional associations. Bruce’s many articles appear in a handbook reprinted by the University after his death.
*In loving memory.