Honolulu Star-Bulletin


Wednesday, February 4, 1998

Raymond Cattell, 92, a leader
in the field of psychology

By Harold Morse

Raymond B. Cattell, 92, internationally known psychologist who moved to Hawaii in 1972 and had part-time appointments at the University of Hawaii and later the Forrest Institute of Psychology at Kaneohe, died Monday at his Hawaii Kai home.

Often called one of the world’s leading psychologists, he was in line for a lifetime achievement award from the American Psychological Association last summer. The award was postponed after protests that some of his writings were racist.

The association was to appoint a panel of scientists to further advise whether to give Cattell the award.

Cattell, who had specialized in intelligence measurement and personality theory, was accused of being committed to fascist and eugenics causes aimed at improving the human race through emphasis on heredity in mating.

Cattell said his views had evolved over the years and that he now believed in such mating philosophy only on a voluntary basis.

Cattell was born at Devon, England, and grew up there. After studies at the University of London, he worked as a clinical psychologist in England. He came to the United States in 1937, teaching at Columbia University, Clark University and Harvard. In World War II, he developed psychological tests for the military.

He was appointed distinguished research professor of psychology at the University of Illinois in 1946. After retirement from Illinois, he spent several years in Colorado before moving to Hawaii.

Cattell is survived by wife Heather; sons Hereward and Roderic; daughters Mary, Heather and Elaine; stepson Gary Shields; stepdaughters Heather Phelps; brother Stanley; and seven grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Call after 10:30. Burial: 2 p.m. in Valley of the Temples.

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