The Psychology Department is pleased to announce Dr. Richard Heimberg as the Thaddeus L. Bolton Professor in Psychology.  This professorship honors Dr. Heimberg’s  contributions as a researcher, educator and leader in the field of Psychology.

Previous Bolton Chair holders include distinguished  faculty members Willis Overton and Ralph Rosnow, both now Emeritus Bolton Chairs.

Thaddeus Lincoln Bolton (1865- 1954) founded the Temple Psychology Department in 1924. In 1947, he created a “deed of trust” with Temple Psychology. This deed of trust set up an annuity for Dr. Bolton and his wife.  After his retirement in 1947, Dr. Bolton paid into this fund $1000 each year; in exchange, the University paid him and his wife during their lifetimes a monthly income. After they were both deceased, the remaining principal was put in a fund that generated interest to be used to support research in our Department. Half the interest each year is put toward funding the Bolton Professor Chair, and half is used, at the discretion of the Department Chair, to support research projects in the field of psychology by students and faculty.

Dr. Bolton’s foresight and generosity has been deeply appreciated over the years by students and faculty members in the department. Though the fund is not a large one, it has provided support for departmental research for which no other funding is available.  As a general rule, the fund may not be used toward subject payments, but it does provide printing services and equipment for dissertation projects and faculty research.

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