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In Memoriam: John L. Falk

Dr. Falk was a distinguished research psychologist in Psychopharmacology

By Rosalind Cartwright and Charles R. Schuster

John Lionel Falk, 81, of Minneapolis, passed away on Monday March 23rd, 2009, at his home on Summit Avenue. Born in Toronto, Dr. Falk was a distinguished research psychologist in Psychopharmacology.

In 2001 Dr. Falk retired after 31 years as Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University where he taught and developed a well-funded laboratory for research in psychopharmacology of drug abuse.

He was educated at McGill University in Montreal where he received a B.A. degree in Psychology and English and M.A. in Psychology. His PhD Degree was awarded from the University of Illinois Urbana in Experimental Psychology.

He held post-doctoral position at Harvard Medical School, Boston, (Departments of Pharmacology and Nutrition). Dr. Falk held academic positions as Assistant Professor at University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, Associate Professor at University of Arizona-Tempe, before his appointment at Rutgers.

Dr. Falk was a long time member of a Study Section for the National Institutes of Health NIDA and from 1991-1995 he was a member of the Advisory Council for NIDA. In 1981 he was elected President of the Psychopharmacology Division of the American Psychological Association. He received a number of awards and honors, among them: Research Scientist Award from the NIDA (1990-1999), the Solvay Award for Psychopharmacology (1997), and the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, Rutgers University (1997).

Dr. Falk was also a talented poet who published two of his collections: Snow and Other Guises, in 2000 and Holding Out, in 2005. He was also published in various poetry magazines.