Former provost and Dean of School of Humanities and Sciences dies at 90

Oct. 6, 2011, 2:06 a.m.

Former Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences Albert Hastorf passed away Sept. 26, at the age of 90.

Hastorf graduated from Amherst College in 1942 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps Aviation Psychology Program from 1942 to 1946. He received both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton in 1947 and 1949, respectively.

Prior to joining the Stanford faculty in 1961, Hastorf served as both a fellow at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and as a National Science Foundation Fellow-in-Residence at Stanford. While on faculty, Hastorf served as executive head of the Department of Psychology from 1961 to 1970, Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences from 1970 to 1974 and Provost from 1980 to 1984. Hastorf was also one of the founding directors of Stanford’s Human Biology Program.

Hastorf is best known for his influential social psychology study titled They Saw Game, co-authored with the late Hadley Cantril, former chair of Princeton’s psychology department. The study demonstrated that support for one team over another during a football game impacted viewers’ interpretation of the overall game.

Though Hastorf retired in 1990, he remained active in the Stanford community, teaching freshman seminars and speaking up on campus issues as an Emeritus Standing Guest of the Faculty Senate.

During his time at Stanford, Hastorf was honored for his service to the Stanford community. In 1979, he received the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Education. In 1987, Hastorf received the Stanford Alumni Association’s Richard W. Lyman Award for his dedication to the University and its alumni.

Hastorf is survived by his wife Barbara; his sister, Jean Doar; his daughters Elizabeth and Christine; and his grandson Nicholas. A memorial service will be held 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Memorial Church.

Marianne LeVine

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