Published: Aug. 2, 2021

dick jessor; photo by glenn asakawaCU Psychology and Neuroscience Distinguished Professor Richard Jessor (Social) is retiring after 70 years of service, the longest-serving member of the CU Boulder faculty in history. As a young man, he was shaped profoundly by serving in Marines during World War II, including 4 weeks on the island of Iwo Jima. He was hired by the CU Boulder Psychology Department in 1951. Among his numerous contributions to CU, a major one was the co-founding of the Institute of Behavioral Science in the late 1950s. He also served its director from 1980 to 2001. Read more about his illustrious career in an article in Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine.