Vincent Nowlis ’35

Vincent Nowlis ’35 died on May 24, 2003, in Fresno, California.

Born on September 13, 1913, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, he prepared for college at Wyoming Seminary in Kingstown, PA, and became a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1935 summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, he received his doctor of philosophy degree in psychology from Yale University in 1939. He taught at Yale from 1939 to 1942 and then at the University of Connecticut from 1942 to 1944. He taught at Indiana University for two years and at the State University of Iowa as an associate professor from 1946 until 1951. In 1951, he joined the faculty at the University of Rochester as a full professor, and he taught there until his retirement in 1979. He was a member of Sigma Xi, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association, the New England Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the editorial board of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. A recognized authority on the scientific study of human moods, he was a consultant in social psychology to the Veterans Administration, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the World Health Organization. At the invitation of President Richard Nixon, Dr. Nowlis served in the Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention. Earlier in his career, Dr. Nowlis collaborated with Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey ’16 on the volume Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. He was married in 1935 to Eleanor Riley, who died in 1937, and was married in 1938 to Helen Howard, who died in 1986. Surviving are two sons, David Nowlis of Fresno, CA, and Christopher Nowlis of Jacksonville, FL; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.