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Class of 1953 Bulletin Board, October 3, 2008

    This bulletin follows hard upon the one you recently received.  But it contains two news items - one sad and one happy - I think you would want to have in mind before several of us reune in Williamstown next weekend.

    Bob (Tiger) McGill emailed me to tell me that Stu Hulse died.  Stu was a fellow psych major at Williams who really used that study as preparation for a career.  Herewith is the obit published in the Johns Hopkins Register. Note that his field of study matches the emphasis of the Psych Dept under the leadership of Dick Rouse.  Note also where Stu and his family have asked that memorial gifts be sent.

Obituary: Stewart Hulse, Psychological and Brain Sciences Former Chair, Dies at 77

By Lisa De Nike

Stewart Hulse, professor emeritus in theDepartment of Psychological and Brain Sciences and former chairman of that department, died on Aug. 31 of pneumonia at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He was 77.

An experimental psychologist trained in the field of animal learning, Hulse is considered one of the founders of the field of animal cognition, which recognizes that animals not only respond to overt stimuli but also are capable of internal mental processes.

A 1953 graduate of Williams College, Hulse earned his doctorate at Brown University in 1957. He came to Johns Hopkins the same year and spent his entire professional working life on the Homewood campus, serving as chair of the department from 1987 to 1990. He became professor emeritus in 1999.

During Hulse's tenure at Johns Hopkins, his interest in acoustic perception in birds and humans grew, and he offered a popular graduate-level course called the Psychology of Sound and Music that led him to make many close connections with faculty at the Peabody Institute.

Hulse was a fellow of numerous organizations, including the Society of Experimental Psychologists, American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Psychological Association. He was a charter fellow of the American Psychological Society and served as chair of the Psychonomic Society. He also was a member of many other professional organizations in the fields of animal behavior, psychology, music, cognition and neuroscience.

In 1985, Hulse was awarded the National Institute of Mental Health's Senior NRSA Fellowship, and in 2002, he received the first Comparative Cognition Society Research Award. He was editor in chief of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes and authored many books, including The Comparative Psychology of Audition: Perceiving Complex Sounds, which was published in 1989.

An avid golfer and accomplished pianist, Hulse also reportedly was a talented writer whose family members encouraged him to write "the great American novel."

He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Huppertz, whom he married in 1954; three children, Stephen V. Hulse, Jennifer Hulse Mitchell and Melissa C. Hulse; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center. A reception will follow at the Johns Hopkins Club.

The family requests that memorial donations be sent to Hulse 1953 Fund, Williams College, Alumni Relations Department, 75 Park St., Williamstown, MA 01267.



In response to my most recent Class Bulletin, Bob Auchincloss reminded me of an earlier Email in which he announced his marriage to Bonnie Kriscka on July 29th at the former Margaret Sanger estate, with fifty family members and friends in attendance, including children and grandchildren.  Bob and Bonnie have been together for fifteen years and share an enthusiasm for kayaking.


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