On April 22, 2021, Marcus Bishop Waller, 92, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, passed away peacefully. He was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience for 27 years, from 1962 to 1989.
Dr. Waller graduated from St. Petersburg High School, St. Petersburg Junior College, and the University of Florida before entering the Army in 1951, where he was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a doctorate in Experimental Psychology in 1958. While at Chapel Hill, he fell in love with Patricia, who was also a doctoral student in Psychology. They married in 1957 and lived in Bar Harbor, ME and Boston, MA before returning to Chapel Hill in 1962, where Dr. Waller joined the faculty in the UNC Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, retiring as a full professor in 1989. Both Dr. Mark Waller and Dr. Patricia Waller (who passed away in 2003) had impressive careers in academia and they are both deeply missed.
There will be a small, private family service held this summer. Donations in his memory may be made to the John F. Dashiell Fund for Faculty and Graduate Student Research in the UNC Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, the Union of Concerned Scientists, or the Southern Poverty Law Center.