Lorraine Nadelman, Associate Professor Emerita of Psychology at the University of Michigan, passed away May 4, 2021 at the age of ninety-six.
Professor Nadelman received her B.A and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from New York University in 1945 and 1953, respectively. From 1951-55, she served as an assistant professor at Mount Holyoke College. In 1963, she joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as a lecturer and was promoted to associate professor in 1969.
Professor Nadelman was a scholar in the field of developmental psychology over five decades. She was a devoted and remarkably successful undergraduate teacher. Whether in large lecture courses or in multi-section hands-on advanced laboratory sections, she was truly a "master teacher": utterly dedicated, energetic, organized, innovative, and endlessly capable of individualizing instruction. She inspired scores of students on to careers in psychology. Especially noteworthy is the sharing of Professor Nadelman’s teaching expertise in her widely respected book Research Manual in Child Development, and the contributions of numerous graduate students whose research on siblings built on Professor Nadelman's research contributions.
The department and the college are especially indebted to her for the years of stellar performance at every level of service. Lorraine Nadelman was the model colleague and citizen, playing an important role in numerous area, departmental, college, and University committees. She was one of the founders of the developmental psychology area within the Michigan psychology department, and acted as a representative and ambassador of the field to other units of the University and to the local community. Pages could be filled listing schools, daycare centers, religious groups, camps, clubs, service organizations, museums, senior citizens groups, and PTOs in Ann Arbor and surrounding communities to whom she gave freely of her time and energies. Professor Nadelman helped establish the Department of Psychology’s partnership with the Ann Arbor Hands-on-Museum, an Ann Arbor institutional gem that Lorraine helped to found in the late 1970’s. Professor Nadelman retired from active faculty status on May 31, 1993.
Professor Nadelman is survived by her three children, Seth Warschausky, Judith Childrey, and Carl Warschausky; her two daughters-in-law, Sandra Finkel and Laurie McCollum; her son-in-law, Gary Childrey; her sister, Edith Gittleman; and her eight grandchildren, Aaron, Noah, Kara, Jacob, Max, Micah, Ryan, and Gabriel.
Professor Nadelman’s obituary can be found at this link.
Contribution in memory of Professor Nadelman can be made to the Lorraine Nadelman Visiting Scholar Fund in the UM Department of Psychology.