Emeritus Professor Douglas Matheson passed away July 8, 2013

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Emeritus Psychology Professor Douglas Matheson Passed Away July 8

Celebration of life will be planned for sometime in September
Jul 22, 2013


Douglas W. Matheson
1939-2013

Professor Emeritus Douglas W. Matheson passed away on July 8 in Columbia, California. Born in 1939, Doug earned an A.B. degree from Whitman College in 1961 and an M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1967) in Experimental Psychology from the Claremont Graduate University.

After teaching one year as a visiting professor at the University of Southern California, Doug was hired by Pacific in the fall of 1968 to chair the Department of Psychology in the College of the Pacific.  He was asked to provide new direction and build the department's reputation for excellence as one of Pacific's distinctive offerings.

Under his leadership both the undergraduate and graduate programs were completely redesigned, enrollment increased and five additional professors were hired in rapid succession. Doug's hiring expertise brought together a team of faculty who shared a common purpose and vision. The highly successful programs that they developed encouraged undergraduate and graduate students to become active participants in research and clinical programs, providing them with the skills to become successful professionals.

Doug authored or coauthored seven books and served as principal investigator for several research and equipment grants. He focused his course and research efforts on the then new field of biofeedback, and served as editor of the Newsletter of the Biofeedback Society for three years and president of the Biofeedback Society of California. 

Doug's dedication to Pacific and his efforts to enhance the academic experiences of Pacific students were recognized upon his retirement in 2004 when he was awarded the Order of Pacific.

A celebration of Doug's life will be held in September. Details will be announced as they become available.