Memorial Service Scheduled for Clarke Burnham
Posted: March 13, 2009
The Psychology Department has just learned that Clarke Burnham died on the morning of March 13, 2009. Although Clarke's death from cancer was not entirely unexpected, it occurred more quickly than anyone thought. The funeral will be on Monday at 10 AM at All Saints Episcopal Church at 209 West 27th Street.
Clarke started in the Department of Psychology in 1965 after completing his PhD with Leon Festinger at Stanford. Clarke, who was primarily interested in perception and cognition, was a mainstay of the Psychology Department for a generation. He single-handedly ran the graduate program from 1982 until his retirement in 2005. From 1996 until his retirement, Clarke served as the chair of the university IRB. Indeed, when he retired, it took two people in the Psychology Department and half a dozen in the IRB office to replace him.
The loss of Clarke, and recently, Carl Creeger, sadden us all. Our hearts are with their families and loved ones.