Dr. Anthony Alfred John Marley

February 15, 1940June 14, 2021

Dr. Anthony Alfred John Marley, born on February 15, 1940 in Devon, England died suddenly of a coronary event on June 14, 2021 in Victoria, British Columbia at the age of 81 years. He is survived by his beloved wife of over 50 years Carol Ann Marley, his loving daughter Dr. Anna O. Marley, and his devoted grandson Gabriel McLean Marley, currently both of Philadelphia, PA. He was predeceased by his sister Pamela Marley, and his parents Violet and Thomas Marley.

Tony grew up in the small town of Fremington, Devon, where he won a Devon County Scholarship to earn a B.Sc. in Mathematics with First Class Honors from the University of Birmingham, a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Post-Doctoral Miller Institute Fellowship at UC Berkeley . He was a recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship, Killam Fellowship, and served as the President of the Society for Mathematical Psychology and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mathematical Psychology for 30 years. He is Professor Emeritus at McGill University where he served as professor and former Chair of the Department of Psychology, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Victoria, and Adjunct Research Professor at the Institute for Choice at the University of South Australia. Tony was a brilliant scholar of mathematical and computational models of perception and cognition and their empirical study.

In addition to his scholarly work Tony had a passion for collecting Meccano, Inuit and Aboriginal Australian art, walking his Australian Shepherds on the beach, wearing bowties, attending live jazz, traveling the world, and during the pandemic playing online chess with his grandson. At Tony’s request there will be no funeral, however, his family and colleagues will organize an online memorial, and when possible, his family will celebrate his life and scatter his ashes in his beloved Devon.

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Anna Marley

July 12, 2021

Jul 09, 2021
A.A.J. (Tony) Marley Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Emeritus A.A.J. (Tony) Marley Wins the Society for Mathematical Psychology Senior Fellow Award (2021).

MATHPSYCH.ORG — Professor Emeritus A.A.J. (Tony) Marley was named winner of the prestigious Society for Mathematical Psychology Senior Fellow Award (2021) on July 9, 2021, for his lifetime contributions to the field of mathematical psychology. Professor Marley won the prize for his contributions in the mathematical modeling of psychological phenomena, the mentorship of students, faculty, and others, with a particular focus on advancing the field of mathematical psychology, and for his service that has advanced the field of mathematical psychology.
Dr. A.A.J. (Tony) Marley

An extract from the nomination letter reads: “I believe Tony scores extremely high on the three primary dimensions of consideration for this award: (1) Research contributions; (2) Service to the field and [Society for Mathematical Psychology]; (3) Mentorship of younger members. First, we observe that the field of scientific psychology has recognized Tony’s manifold contributions with a long list of awards, too many to recount here, but including a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship, a Fulbright Study Grant, and a number of fellowships in various scientific societies. Second, his research has attracted extramural support over many decades, many of these in collaboration with scientists around the world. Third, one feature of Tony’s career that supersedes that of virtually anyone else in the field, is the interdisciplinary and indeed, international nature of his research. [...] In each of [his] positions, he has had extensive mentoring roles, for young faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.”

Professor Marley earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He was both a Fulbright Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellow. In 1969, Professor Marley joined the fac

frances groen

July 8, 2021

Dear Carol,
I was saddened to hear of the death of Tony. It was through Peter McNally that I received this announcement, and he also was very sorry at this news. I reflected on the life you has built together and the mutual support and encouragement that you and Tony shared. I also recalled the dinner you invited Guy and me . You both were so welcoming to us as new Montrealers. So very long ago now and yet so vivid in my memory.

Please take good care of yourself at this sad time. I know that your daughter Anna must be of great comfort to you.

helena kadlec

July 2, 2021

Tony, Dr. Anthony Marley, sure was one of a kind. Kind, generous, friendly, funny, curious, erudite - all those things everyone else has already said....
I first met Dr. Marley at my very first conference of the Society of Math Psych as a new grad student, at Northwestern U in the mid 1980's. As a student, I had read his papers (I was so impressed! barely understood them) but back then there were no web sites or photos online so I couldn't google him. So, after my first public talk/presentation ever (I was so nervous), this tall man in a bowtie and interesting facial hair came up to me and said very nice things about my talk and my research. I asked someone "who is that man?" and, yes, it was Dr. Anthony Marley. I have never forgotten the huge impression that bit of encouragement, from a person famous in my field, made on me.
Over the years, Tony popped up in my life periodically but consistently, in big/important ways (my tenure review) and small/even more important ways (invitations to dinner after he and Carol moved to Victoria). I am so grateful to have known him, and I will miss him.
With my deepest condolences to Carol, and Anna and Gabriel (whom I have not met but heard so much about), Helena

Stuart McKelvie

June 28, 2021

My wife Pam and myself were very sorry to learn of Tony's passing.

I met Tony in 1969 when I started at McGill as a graduate student. We connected immediately because we shared an interest in mathematical psychology, not a mainstream topic, and because we both hailed from the UK.

Over the next three years, Tony was a wise counsellor, providing helpful advice and support for my Ph.D. project. In particular, I recall his clear comments on a draft of my thesis, the most important of which was to show me how to be succinct. It is a lesson that I have tried to follow. Pam and I also met Tony and Carol at McGill parties, where we enjoyed his wit, and we had the pleasure of meeting his father, who had come over from England for a holiday.

Some years later, Tony came to Bishop's University, where I spent my academic career, as Chairperson of a small committee whose mandate was to review the course offerings of our psychology department. On arrival, Tony's first question was: "How is Pam?" He had his priorities right. That said, over the few days that the committee did its work, Tony was the consummate professional and showed once again his great ability to keep the discussion on track.

I see Tony as a model researcher, and I am indebted to him for his counsel. Pam and I offer our condolences to Tony's family, and particularly to Carol. We feel privileged to have been touched by him.

William McCausland

June 28, 2021

I met Tony in 2001 but got to know him when we were both frequent visitors to the Centre for Choice in Sydney, from 2009 to 2013. I am very fortunate to have known him, and grateful for his generous mentoring, our research collaboration and stimulating conversations. I will always miss his friendly manner, sense of humour, and endless supply of stories. I offer the sincerest of condolences to his lovely wife Carol, as well as to his daughter and her family, who I have not had the pleasure to meet. Tony has enriched the lives of so many people.

amina memon

June 28, 2021

Dear Carol and Anna

I was devastated to hear of the loss of your lovely Tony. He was one of the best friends I made through my mutual academic connections.I am humbled and grateful to have crossed paths with him and to then to have then got to know him as a friend who shared my passions for academic research, jazz, art, theatre and more. I will never forget his kindness, his ability to listen and gently offer sound advice and his patience. He was immensely proud of his family and he was delighted that I could meet Carol (in CA some decades ago) and Anna (in Edinburgh also many years ago). I was fortunate to enjoy an evening with him in Ronnie Scott's and the next day cook him a curry upon his request. We had spoken just a few days before he passed about staying active during retirement, alternative careers and in particular the joy of gardening. He commented on fond memories of tending to his father's vegetable garden when he was a little boy. I shall miss my annual birthday card next week (he never forgot!) but most of all I'll miss the light that has gone out with his passing. A wonderful brilliant friend. Much love to Anna and Carol and wee Gabriel - You are always welcome in London xoxo

Han Bleichrodt

June 28, 2021

I am very sorry ot hear about the passing away of Tony. I met Tony on several occasions, a very warm and nice man. I greatly appreciate all the comment she sent on my research, which helped me a lot. My condolences to his wife and family. May you rest in peace Tony. Thank you for all the great memories.

Lara Robinson

June 26, 2021

I was greatly saddened to hear of Tony's passing. I have so many great memories of him, many at the UVic University Club with the lunch gang, discussing research and our personal lives. My fondest memories are of him sharing stories about his family. As much as he loved his work, he truly adored his family. He especially loved to share stories and photos of his grandson Gabriel. As he spoke he always smiled with such joy and pride. I was also struck by his kindness. He always asked about my life and family. When I was off on medical leave, he reached out to offer words of support. In addition, I know of more than one occasion when he has quietly helped a friend or a child of a friend or a friend of a friend. If someone asked and he could help, he did. I was also amazed to find out he went skydiving in his younger years. Doing a few jumps until he once ended up in a tree and decided he’d had enough. He also often discussed the virtues of a daily afternoon nap. I am slowly coming around to his point of view. Ultimately when I think of Tony what immediately comes to mind is a picture of him smiling, wearing his bow tie, and delighting in spending time with friends and colleagues. I will miss him! Our UVic lunch group will be poorer in so many ways for his absence.

Debbie Masson

June 25, 2021

When I met Tony I knew almost instantly that he was one of the good guys. He was such an easy person to talk to and was sincerely interested in what others had to say. I appreciated how he was interested in almost any topic that would come up. His witticisms were a great addition to any gathering and when there was a costume party, well, Tony never disappointed. One of my favourites was when he showed up at a Halloween party burdened by his chains - as Marley's Ghost - oh, the Dickens! He also made a fine Sean Connery when I had a Hollywood-themed 50th birthday. Mike mentioned how at Christmastime we always made sure there was calamari for Tony. I have to add that it was a joy to make sure this item was included - because we knew how appreciated it would be. I remember one time I had to stop Tony from taking some calamari from the pan because it had come straight out of the oven and I didn't want him to burn himself. Another time I had to stop him because it hadn't gone into the oven yet - frozen calamari might not be so great! I will miss all the fun little exchanges as well as the deeper conversations. I doubt very much that you have chains to burden you, Dr. Marley! So much love to Carol, Anna and Gabriel.

Carolyn Scheer

June 25, 2021

Tony was one of Duncan Luce's first graduate students at Penn in the early 1960s. That mentorship evolved from collaboration to a friendship that lasted until Duncan's death in 2012. Tony and Duncan enjoyed each other's friendship and shared the same quiet, dry humor. In addition to scientific work, they also were active in several professional associations, including the Society for Mathematical Psychology. Tony was one of the scientists who nominated Duncan for the National Medal of Science, which Duncan received in 2005 (although it was the 2003 Medal). Attached is a photo of Duncan and Tony at the event celebrating the medals.

Duncan's friendship with Tony and Carol grew to include me in the late 1970s, and we met often over the years, both in the US and Canada. We saw them often during Tony's sabbatical year at UCI and they visited when they were in Southern California, creating many happy memories of our time together. Our friendship was fulfilling; Duncan and Tony were happy working on their models, and Carol and I shared many fun adventures in SoCal. After Duncan's death, our friendship continued, and have I enjoyed several trips to Victoria in the meantime.

It is very sad that Tony has left us, too soon, and my heart goes out to Carol, Anna, and Gabe.