Thursday, June 07, 2007

Thousands more words

If a picture is worth a thousand words, we just received a nice, long essay from two emeritus professors here at OHSU, Drs. Joseph and Ruth Matarazzo. Preparing for a celebration to mark Joe's official retirement from the Dept. of Behavioral Neuroscience, the duo had several photographs from their personal collection digitized. Afterwards, they kindly agreed to donate these files to the Historical Image Collection, to be available in perpetuity for future historians (well, in relative perpetuity--after we print them all out onto paper, of course).

Shown here is a collage of some of the photographs showing Joe at various times in his life, as sailor, fisherman, family man, parachutist. We have very few photo collections that illustrate in any meaningful way the lives that our faculty and graduates lead outside of medicine--Herbert Merton Greene's Collection really being the only other that comes to mind--and we are delighted to have this new addition!

When Dr. Joe Matarazzo was named the year's Outstanding Scientist by the Oregon Academy of Science in 2003, it was noted that:
Matarazzo established the nation's first medical psychology department, serving as the OHSU department's chairman from 1957 to 1996. His primary research interests are behavioral cardiology and neuropsychology. Matarazzo's research on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale has had "an important impact on this venerable and still-leading instrument for measuring intelligence," according to the OAS.

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