DAVID T. HAKES
David Trumbull Hakes, professor of psychology, died
on October 8, 1982, in Austin. He was 48.
Dr. Hakes was born on July 20, 1934, in Springfield,
Massachusetts, and attended Classical High School there. He received
a BA with honors in psychology in 1956 from Wesleyan University in Middletown,
Connecticut, and MA and PhD degrees in psychology in 1959 and 19611 from
the University of Minnesota.
Psycholinguistics was the central research interest
of Dr. Hakes, who spent his entire academic career at The University
of Texas at Austin, joining the faculty in 1961. His interest in language
development in children and its relationships to other aspects of cognitive
development led to, among other activities, the use of a customized
van which allowed him and his fellow researchers to take the "rolling
laboratory" to children as young as three years old. Dr. Hakes also
designed and was the leading figure behind the founding of the Children's
Research Lab, a component of the Department of Psychology. The CRL,
which owes its existence to Dr. Hakes, is now an internationally renowned
research laboratory for studying infants and young children.
In addition to publishing numerous articles in professional
journals on psycholinguistics, developmental psychology, and cognitive
processes, he wrote, with his colleague Dr. Donald Foss, Psycholinguistics:
An Introduction to the Psychology of Language (Prentice-Hall, 1978).
Dr. Hakes was active in departmental governance and
a staff member of the UT Austin Foreign Language Education Center for
more than a decade. From 1965 to 1967, he directed the National Science
Foundation Research Participation Program in his department, and he
later served as cochair of the department's Human Experimental Psychology
Program and chair of the Developmental Psychology Program. Many young
faculty and students flourished under his devoted and wise guidance.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Nancy Richey
and posted on the Faculty Council web site on December 4, 2000.
Additional biographical sources can be found in the UT Office
of Public Affairs and Barker Texas History Center.
1Graduation date updated on February 2, 2009.