In Memoriam: Kenneth H. Craik
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
It is with great sadness that EDRA notes the passing of Kenneth H. Craik, one of our early members and a prolific contributor to the field of environmental psychology research. Ken passed away on March 29, 2012.
For five decades, Ken impacted in the field of psychology and environmental research, focusing on the interrelationship between personality and the environment. His first contribution to EDRA was at the second conference in 1970 where he chaired a session on environmental disposition and preferences. EDRA members will be familiar with Ken’s collaboration with Donald Appleyard on his work on the streets of San Francisco and the Environmental Simulation Laboratory at Berkeley. Ken was also a founder of the Journal of Environmental Psychology and of the Environmental Psychology Division of the International Association of Applied Psychology. Less well known to EDRA members, was his prolific research in other aspects of personality psychology, including reputation, perceptions of time, and even humor.
For years, Ken also mentored students and taught courses in Environmental Psychology to undergraduate and graduate students at U.C. Berkeley, exposing thousands to the delights of the field. Long after ‘retirement’, Ken continued to conduct research at the Institute for Personality and Social Research at U.C. Berkeley. He also continued guest lecture in courses in environmental design research and to mentor students in diverse disciplines, generously offering his time and wisdom in considering their work. He was an inspiring and rigorous mentor, and many younger researchers benefited greatly from his kindness and gentle passion for the field.
We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.
“Cheers, Ken!” You are missed.