Harrison Gould Gough

February 25, 1921May 4, 2014

Harrison Gould Gough, 93 of Pebble Beach, CA died Sunday. Born in Buffalo, MN and raised in St. Cloud, MN Harrison graduated summa cum laude in Sociology at the University of Minnesota before serving in WWII. After the war, Harrison returned to the University of Minnesota to receive a doctorate in Psychology in 1949. Dr. Gough and wife Kathryn moved to Berkeley where he became a professor at the University of California; eventually becoming the chair of the Psychology Department and director of the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research (IPAR). Dr. Gough published 38 psychological assessment tests most notably the Adjective Check List (ACL) and the California Psychological Inventory (CPI) in 1956 with a company he co-founded (Consulting Psychologists Press; CPP). He retired from the University of California as professor emeritus and moved to Pebble Beach in 1986. He continued his work with psychological testing instruments, improving the field of psychology until his final days He received many distinguished awards for his work. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, UC Berkeley Faculty Club, MPCC, Stillwater Club, and Church of the Forest. Dr. Gough was a font of wisdom and information, a regular walking-encyclopedia; the world has lost a great mind and a loving husband, father and friend. He is survived by his wife Kathryn of 71 years, brother Philip, daughter Jane and son-in-law Jeff Rhodes, grandchildren Brendon Rhodes, Kevin and granddaughter-in-law Nallyre Rhodes, and great grandchildren Shirin and Harrison. He is missed by all those who crossed his path. The family would like to particularly thank Doctors Craig E. Christensen, Jerry M. Parker and John A. Hausdorff.

Private services have taken place.


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June 27, 2014

I was a student of Professor Gough's atCal in the 60's. He was my idol. A caring, sensitive, humane and brilliant teacher and human being. I rember inviting him to a conference I helped organize in the 80's in Toronto where I ended up. I told him I felt I hadn't quite lived up to my potential and in his typical way he reassured me that I had in fact done extremely well. Professor Gough, a true giant!

Herb Pollack Ph D,, UC Berkeley, 1967

Thomas J. Bouchard, Jr.

May 24, 2014

A fabulous advisor, and psychologist. I still use his tools and his ideas. I can still remember walking into his office at IPAR and looking at the three-foot high pile of correspondence (he could find any letter) and the big smile on his face when he looked up. I have tried to be the kind of psychologists he was.

Ronald Giannetti

May 21, 2014

I will never forget the very personal and supportive attention I received from him during the latter part of my graduate studies. While on my orals committee, he thoroughly understood my interests, worked with me on my literature reviews, and occasionally slipped the latest relevant article in my mailbox. He also coached me through some difficulties I was having with another committee member. I had the privilege of being his research assistant for a year while he was chairing the Psychology Department. He would give me professional level tasks, such as reviewing an article he had been asked to edit, and then show me how I might improve my performance. All of this was done in a kind and caring fashion. Most valuable of all to me, he modeled the critical importance of maintaining the highest level of professional ethics and integrity. I can't overemphasize how important he was to me. My sincere condolences to his family.

Dan Ozer

May 16, 2014

Harrison was a model of professionalism. He was unfailingly polite and collegial, and provided a role model for how a professor might best act with students and peers. He utilized every available opportunity to offer instruction, and often wisdom. An informal comment over lunch, or the correspondence he chose to share, was often the best learning experience of the day. How I wish I today had copies of all the letters he shared with us and that we passed to one another in the IPAR mailboxes.

Robert Raskin

May 15, 2014

Harrison was the first faculty person I met when I applied to UC Berkeley and he was the last faculty person I said goodbye to when I graduated and left to start my professional career. During my lengthy stay in graduate school he was always encouraging, always thoughtful and most important of all, always kind. The two things I remember most about Harrison were that his door was always open and you could hear him clunking away on what must have been his pre WWII typewriter. He taught me most of what I know about my craft, was a member on my dissertation committee, and is valued as one of my most important mentors. Harrison touched a lot of young lives and helped shape them into better adult lives. The world was definitely a better place when Harrison was in it. Thanks Harrison.

David Funder

May 15, 2014

I can't call him "Harrison," as I knew him only as a lowly undergraduate and he will always be Professor Gough to me. He was the second reader on my honors thesis (the first was Jack Block) and he commented that while maybe the writer had some potential, he (me) had clearly not put very much work into the product. He definitely nailed the second part! He was always a kind and patient mentor -- including to undergrads -- and a model of civility in a sometimes rather crazy environment. I can't think of anybody I could compare him to -- a truly unique individual.

Mike Tiktinsky

May 15, 2014

Harrison always had time to talk, advise, and tell an interesting and funny story. His warmth and intelligence were inspirational. Not only do I feel fortunate to have known him, I was lucky enough to work with him. His guidance and mentorship have been with me throughout my career. Harrison, you are missed.

Carolyn Phinney

May 11, 2014

Harrison was an amazing mentor, a wise friend, a tremendously compassionate human being, whose influence on so many of our lives was profound. I am very very sad, but grateful and forever changed by having him in my life.

Greg Feist

May 10, 2014

I will always remember with awe and warmth Harrison's first meeting with my cohort of Personality students in 1985. He was genuinely pleased to meet us and treated us like long lost nephews and nieces.

Lillian Cartwright

May 10, 2014

My memories of HGG are alive: His integrity, wit, and intelligence marked my encounters with him. He was my dissertation chair and more than that he provided a role model for being a productive and creative human being. His relationship with his wife was cherished by him and we all remember how he said it was one career but two people. Kathryn we all admire you and want you to know that without you HGG would not have been the mentor he was to so many of us.
Lillian Csrtwright