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A photograph of Dr. Riley Gardner, who was born October 31, 1921, to Hugh Gardner and Ruth Speicher Gardner. Riley attended Ree Heights High School in Ree Heights, South Dakota. In 1945 he graduated with a Bachelors of English from Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota. After college, he entered the military and became a staff sergeant in the US Army Medical Corps, serving from 1946 until 1948. It was during this military service that he was introduced to psychiatric care. Following the military, he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1952. He graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He married Ruth Janssen on August 27, 1950, in Yankton, South Dakota. Riley spent most of his professional career (from 1951 to 1971) as a research psychologist at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas. During this time he was the director of the research group engaged in studying cognition control principles. He had two major grants from the National Institutes of Health and invitations to teach in seminars and at universities around the USA and abroad. He published numerous papers on individual differences and cognition. He died October 23, 2007, in Topeka, Kansas.

Date: December 21, 1970

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Item Number: 224670
Call Number: B Gardner, Riley *2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 224670

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