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College of Arts and Sciences|Diamond Jubilee -- 75th Anniversary

Max W. Rardin*

Bachelor of Arts - 1960 - Sociology and Psychology

     As a small, very shy junior high boy, Max Rardin hung around UW anthropologist Bill Mulloy's office with a little leather pouch of Indian artifacts. "I didn't want to intrude, but he eased my way by asking me in. Later, when I was in high school, he invited me on a dig with his crew of grad students and academic adults. By the time I was a junior at UW, Dr. Mulloy encouraged me to take advanced seminars such as his on comparative religion. All of this and the talk outside of class are where life values come from."

     Rardin puts those values into practice. From UW, he went to the University of Utah for master's and PhD degrees in psychology. He returned to campus in 1966 as a faculty member. In 1983, he received the Mortar Board Teaching Award. He is currently department chair and directs UW's nationally acclaimed clinical training program. His interests in community mental health, substance abuse, and behavior modification are expressed in volunteer and civic activities. He is volunteer consultant to, among others, the Cathedral Home for Children and the Wyoming State Hospital. He was 1969 Wyoming Psychological Association (WPA) president, chairman of the Wyoming Board of Psychologist Examiners and, for six years, WPA Ethics Committee chairman. He has been on the State Department Community Programs Advisory Council and the state Mental Health Planning Council. He is on the Wyoming Protection and Advocacy Mental Health Advisory Council. Rardin chaired the Albany County Commission for eight years. In 1988 he was elected to the Laramie City Council, and reelected in 1992. He claims, "My Sigma Chi friends and I were the best practical joke team the campus ever had-from tormenting the old plaster dinosaur to footprints over the Tri Delta roof." Any challengers?

*In loving memory.

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