Alvin Warner Landfield
September 10, 1924 – January 11, 2019
Alvin “Al” Warner Landfield, Ph.D., 94 of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019. He was born September 10, 1924 in Newark, New York to Warner C. Landfield and Edith J. Landfield (Crane). He graduated from Newark High School, followed by one semester at Muskingum College, Ohio.
He was a veteran of the greatest generation and served in WWII. He was drafted into the Army and was sent to Alabama for four months of training. After Infantry training, he was transferred to the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP). Al enrolled in Basic Engineering at Auburn University, then called Alabama Polytechnic Institute. The ASTP program was shut down after two semesters and students were sent as Infantry replacements to France. He was assigned to Patton’s Third Army, 26th Division, Company G, 328th Infantry Regiment, where he served until hospitalized with trench foot. After three months he was sent to a Rehab Hospital in North Carolina.
Following his honorable discharge in 1945, Al enrolled at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, then entered the Graduate School at The Ohio State University. He completed an MA and then received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1951.
Dr. Landfield served on three university faculties, initially at Purdue University as an Assistant Professor, then the University of Missouri as an Associate and Full Professor. In 1967, he was a Visiting Scientist at the University of London. He transferred to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln as a Full Professor in 1972.
He is the author and editor of five Graduate level books in the Psychology of Personal Constructs. One of the books was also translated into Spanish. For twenty years he was responsible for an International Clearing House of research in his field of study. He was responsible for the First International Congress on Personal Construct Theory, held in Lincoln at UNL. International Conferences have been held every other year since 1975 in more than seven countries. In 1996, he received a Lifetime Career Award at the conference in Banff Canada. He retired from the University of Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Elizabeth, and wife Susan Jean (Pugh). Al is survived by his wife Ann (Case), daughter Megan Landfield, son Kent Landfield, daughter-in-law Teresa Landfield, grandchildren Faye Slosar (Landfield), Neal Landfield and Jonathan Landfield, and eight great-grandchildren, step-son Duncan Case, step-daughter Leslie Case and step-son Colyn Case. In lieu of flowers make memorials to: Salvation Army, Red Cross, Peoples city Mission, or the Friendship Home.
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Alvin Warner Landfield
January 15, 2019
Al was my mentor and dissertation chairmen at the UNL psych dept. I finished in 1983. I had a hard time, but he helped me. Every year we exchanged Christmas cards and I gave him a call. I was concerned when I didn't get a card this year. Then I heard the sad news. My sincere condolences to the family. I'm in LA now, practicing what he taught me.
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