Flags lowered for Professor Emeritus Kalin
Flags on campus are lowered and will remain lowered until Thursday for Rudy Kalin, professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology.
Dr. Kalin came to Queen’s in 1967. His research focused on beliefs and attitudes regarding the broad social categories of gender, race and ethnicity, and he developed and introduced courses in personality and social behavior. Dr. Kalin was the head of the Department of Psychology from 1986 until his retirement in 2000.
Dr. Kalin was born in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, but got his first opportunity to experience North America when he spent a year as a high school exchange student in New Jersey. In 1958, he accepted an offer to attend Wesleyan University in Connecticut as a foreign scholar. He was awarded a B. A. degree with high honors in 1960.
After Wesleyan, Dr. Kalin moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to commence graduate studies at Harvard University. He enrolled in the field of social psychology in the interdisciplinary department of social relations. He earned an M.A. at Harvard in 1962 and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1964 after completing a thesis on the effects of alcohol and social settings on fantasy.
Dr. Kalin and his wife Jane had three children, all boys who graduated from Queen’s in science and engineering fields. In his spare time, he was an avid sailor and golfer.
The family will receive friends and family on Thursday, August 25 from 2-4 pm at Erik Kalin’s home (32 Hill Street). A private memorial service will be held at a later date.