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Eston "Jack" Asher Jr.

July 31, 2006

Dr. Eston "Jack" Asher Jr., professor emeritus in psychology at Western Michigan University, died July 25. He was 82.

Asher joined the WMU faculty in 1954 after serving as a psychology instructor at Oregon State University from 1951 to 1954. He taught and directed student research projects in the industrial-organizational psychology program through the early 1970s. In 1966, he accepted a position as the director of the Office of Institutional Research, returning to the faculty and retiring in 1990. He continued to teach courses after his retirement through Extended University Programs.

He was a member of the American Psychological Association, Sigma Xi and Association for Institutional Research and published numerous papers, reports and studies. He also served as a business consultant for many local companies.

Born in Lexington, Ky., Asher earned a bachelor's degree in industrial administration from the University of Kentucky in 1949 and master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue University in industrial psychology and psychology in 1950 and 1954, respectively.

Asher was preceded in death by his second wife, Dr. Lynne C. McCauley, Nov. 12, 1998. At the time of her death, at age 56, McCauley was director of the WMU Center for Academic Support Programs. She came to WMU 20 years earlier as an as assistant professor of social science.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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