Title: Psychologist, Educator, Computer Company Executive, Philanthropist
Location: Granada Hills, California, United States
Wayne Aller, Psychologist, Educator, Computer Company Executive and Philanthropist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Dr. Aller was inspired to go into the academic profession by his parents, as his father was a botanist and the chair of the division of natural science and mathematics at Northwest Nazarene University. His mother held a PhD in educational psychology. In fact, she founded the home economics department at Northwest Nazarene University and was the first resident of the state of Idaho to earn a doctoral degree. Dr. Aller grew up around hard-working individuals, so it was only natural for him to be a hard worker as well. In his academic pursuits, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in physics from Northwest Nazarene College in 1955 and continued at the University of Washington to receive a Master of Science in psychology in 1960. In 1964, Dr. Aller earned a PhD in psychology from the University of Washington.
Dr. Aller helmed an inspired career in education and leadership. Prior to retiring, he leveraged his skills and expertise as the president of Learning Unlimited and CompuLearn from 1983 to 1987. He served as the acting chair of the psychology department at Indiana State University in 1982 and taught as a full professor at the institution from 1969 to 1982. He first joined the Indiana State as an associate professor in 1968. The year before that, he worked in a similar role at Mankato State College. Earlier in his career, he was the founder, conductor of chorale of the Beirut College for Women, which he considers one of the highlights of his career. He also served as an assistant professor and chairman of the Division of Behavioral Science at the college. From 1962 to 1964, Dr. Aller worked as an assistant professor of psychology at Pacific Lutheran University.
In his career, Dr. Aller is known for setting up several scholarships to support the education of the future. There were two at Northwest Nazarene University, two at Southern Nazarene University, one American College fund, and one at the Lebanese American University Center for Women’s Studies. He also put together the first science fair in Idaho in 1955. Some of his more recent accomplishments include his volunteer work with North Valley Caring Service and completing the grinding of a six-inch Cassegrain telescope. In 2007, Dr. Aller was recognized with the LA Pearl Award of Outstanding Senior Citizen and in the 1970s for being a grantee of the Ford Foundation. He published the original and the revised edition of “Readings and Experiments in General Psychology” in 1970 and 1971, respectively.
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