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George H. Collier (1921 - 2015)

Friday, April 24, 2015  
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Charles Gallistel

George Collier died in his home on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the age of 94. He was a professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick for more than 45 years and continued his research for many years after his retirement. He served as the chair of the psychology department there for several years. He was President of the Eastern Psychological Association in 1995-1996. He published more than 100 scholarly papers, focusing on the effects of ecological factors (procurement costs, patchiness, encounter frequency, time limitations, risks, etc) on feeding behavior, trying to understand in its full richness the manner in which this basic behavior was controlled. He received the Distinguished Career Award from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior and the Distinguished Research Award of the Trustees of Rutgers University. His wife, Carolyn Rovee-Collier predeceased him. He was a great outdoorsman and a small-scale sheep farmer, a true gentleman and scholar. More can be found at 


The Psychonomic Society Informs Members of the Recent Passing of our Scientific Colleagues

With the advent of the Psychonomic Society’s new website, the Governing Board has decided to make a place to convey the important, but somber news of the death of members of our society and others who were intellectually close to our members.

Our intention is to publish a short obituary here of no more than 125 words that includes a link to a longer obituary that appears elsewhere. We will only publish one obituary for each scientist. If you know of the recent passing of a member, please email Lynne Reder at with that information.

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