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Baumeister Estate and Departmental Gifts Establish Psychology Support Fund

The Professor Alfred A. Baumeister Endowed Support Fund has been established with a $5,000 gift from Dr. Alfred A. Baumeister’s estate, along with additional funds from the Baumeister family and other donors. The fund will be used for undergraduate research and activities in the Department of Psychology and preference will be given to disadvantaged students who demonstrate a financial need. Baumeister, originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, earned his doctorate from Peabody College (now Vanderbilt University) in 1961. He was a professor of psychology at The University of Alabama from 1967-1973 and later held positions at Vanderbilt University and the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Education and Human Development. He won numerous awards for his contributions to the fields of intelligence theory, developmental disabilities, epidemiology, and ethics in genetics. He died in 2011.