Stanley E. Seashore, research scientist emeritus at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) and professor emeritus of psychology, died Oct. 7 at age 84 in Bloomington, Minn.
One of the founders of the organizational psychology program at the U-M, Seashore served as mentor and adviser to more than 70 doctoral students. At ISR, he directed approximately 30 research projects, on topics that included the quality of work life, the social psychology of work groups, management in industry and government, and social indicators.
Born Sept. 4, 1915, in Wahoo, Neb., Seashore received a B.A. in economics from the University of Iowa in 1937 and an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Minnesota in 1939. For the next 11 years, he worked for a major steel corporation, then a prominent management consulting firm, where he became increasingly interested in organizational structures and change.
In 1953, he received a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan, and joined the ISR Survey Research Center and the Department of Psychology. He served as president of the organizational psychology division of the American Psychological Association (APA), and served on the APA committee that wrote the first code of research ethics.
Preceded in death by his wife, Eva, Seashore is survived by his sisters, Sylvia Koerber and Selma Matthias; his daughters, Karen (Thomas) Louis and Christine (Gregory) Ludlow; and his grandchildren, Margit and Erica Seashore, and Louis, Brinton and Jamie Seashore-Ludlow.
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