Edward H. Loveland

August 3, 1922December 31, 2013

Edward Henry Charles Loveland, 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 31, 2013, in Houston, Texas. He was born in Jamaica, New York on August 3, 1922, the eldest of four children of Edward Thomas Loveland and Lillian Christina Birkner Loveland. Ed Loveland was a child of the Depression, who while in high school quietly took on a job to help support his family. His character and life were marked by devotion to his family, as well as service to his country and fellow man. Ed attended Queens College in New York, a member of the second class admitted to that then-new public institution. At Queens College he met the love of his life, Olga Helen Christie. His studies were interrupted, however by World War II, during which he served in the Army with distinction in the European theater and completed his service as a staff sergeant. Ed tried multiple times to join the armed forces but was turned down each time because of a heart murmur, until finally a sympathetic doctor allowed him to enlist. His service took him to Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. After the war he served for a time in the security detail assigned to the newly-formed United Nations. Following his service he returned to Queens College, changing his major from engineering to psychology. Ed later pursued graduate studies and received his doctorate in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1952. The same year he married his beloved Olga, a professional opera singer. After several years at the Army Institute for Research, he accepted a faculty position in the School of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where he remained throughout his career. Ed was appointed Director of the School of Psychology after several years, following in that role his friend and mentor Joseph Moore. He grew the Psychology program from a faculty of three to a large and nationally recognized program granting doctoral degrees. Ed was known for his mentoring of many students and junior faculty, his leadership, as well as for his quiet but unyielding defense of the Psychology program over the years. He both taught and practiced in the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. He took on leadership roles in organizations such as the Southeastern Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association Division on the Teaching of Psychology. He was also a leader in developing the process of licensing of psychologists in Georgia. He gave of his time and resources to support the Phoenix Opera of Atlanta, founded and directed by his wife Olga. After his retirement Ed remained active in teaching until Olga’s health required him to devote his energies to her. He did so tirelessly until her death in 2009. Ed was a man of duty and devotion, a man of faith, and a friend and mentor to many. By his life, his teaching, and his example he inspired countless students, including his own daughter, who followed him into the profession of Psychology. He is survived by his only daughter Katherine Anne Loveland Temple and son-in-law James Voorhis Temple, his granddaughter Elizabeth Loveland Temple, all of Houston, TX; his sisters Lillian Loveland Dullahan, Jaqueline Loveland Schmidt, and Patricia Loveland Boehler, and their children and grandchildren. A funeral mass will be said at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Jude the Apostle, 7171 Glenridge Dr., Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, January 17, 2014 with interment to follow at Arlington Memorial Park with military honors. There will be a reception afterward. Visitation will be 6 – 8 pm on January 16, at Sandy Springs Chapel, 136 Mt. Vernon Highway NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 17, 2014

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Margaret deNeergaard

May 10, 2014

Dear Kate and all the family,
I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing.
It was a privilege to know him, especially as a kind, loving, and wise father and devoted husband. I will always remember that he welcomed me into his home. that he was gentle and had a fine sense of humor. His life and his work had a profound impact in our community. I believe he lives on through you, his daughter and granddaughter, blessing the world.
My heart and my prayers are with you.
With love,
Margaret Manchester deNeergaard (Atlanta, GA)

Richard Martin

February 22, 2014

Dr. Loveland clearly was a major influnece in my life. He provided wonderful coaching as my thesis advisor in 1969. He was very directive. When I facetiously suggested that my topic could be turnover among topless dancers, without missing a beat, he countered "absenteeism not turnover - you'll get more data and not with dancers but with clerical workers". I worked as his teaching assistant for two years. One piece of advice that stayed with me through my professional life was " you can delegate the work but not your leadership role." A chance encounter at the 1971 APA meeting with Bill Fox led to my employment with Bell Labs in N.J. All the good things personally and professionally that followed, I owe in good part to Dr. Loveland.


January 16, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Richard Catrambone

January 16, 2014

Ed came around the School of Psychology fairly frequently when I joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 1988. He told me great stories about the School's history. From time to time he would have a band-aid on his forehead from a skin procedure and we would always joke that he was having more memory installed. A wonderful resource and a nice man.

Dan Spieler

January 16, 2014

Soon after I arrived at Georgia Tech, the department moved to a different building. While waiting for the movers, I had a wonderful conversation with Ed about the department, the history, and a little bit of his career. It was really the only conversation I ever had with him, and it was a kind of chance encounter made possible because the move was behind schedule. I remember it very clearly. It was fascinating and he was entirely charming and I am sincerely grateful that I had the opportunity to meet him.

January 16, 2014

I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. May God give you the strength to endure this trial.
Isa 35:4

1 Pet 5:7

January 15, 2014

My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the love of family and friends, and through prayer because God cares for you.

Deborah Pearson

January 15, 2014

Dr. Loveland was a card-carrying member of The Greatest Generation. These men and women saved the world, and then went on to live quietly extraordinary lives. I will always member the mentoring that he gave me as a young professional--he was so knowledgeable and so supportive. We will miss him--but part of him will remain with so many of us forever. Godspeed, Dr. Loveland!

Lynne Cleveland

January 15, 2014

My condolences to his daughter Kate and her family. Dr. Edward Loveland was my idea of a gentleman and a scholar. He was one of the most devoted husbands I have ever known and I have nothing but admiration for his efforts to care for his lovely wife until her death. While we all may strive for perfection, none of us are perfect, but there are sparks of excellence that shine through and expose our true character. He was highly regarded and respected in his field, but in the end, I will remember how much he truly loved his family and how proud he was of them.

Flo Crew

January 15, 2014

I am sorry to hear of Dr. Loveland's passing. He was very kind to me when I was at Georgia Tech in the 1970's.