Robert E. Lana
Robert E. Lana, 74, of Narberth, Pa., a social psychology professor at Temple University for 39 years, died Oct. 17 of respiratory and cardiac complications at Lankenau Hospital.
He was a psychology professor at American University and Alfred University before joining Temple in 1966. During the next 39 years he taught psychology, was head of the department and served as dean of its graduate school of psychology.
“In his role as chair, Bob was the heart and soul of the psychology department — strong, personable, charming, witty, sophisticated and earthy,” said current chair Willis Overton.
“When he served as graduate dean, he acquired many more admirers for his outstanding academic conscience, always pushing for true scholarship over ‘big science’ grant dollars.”
Even though he battled a chronic heart condition, he refused to stop teaching and only recently retired in 2005.
Lana was a prolific writer who contributed scholarly articles on attitude change and methodological and philosophical issues, as well as on the Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico.
His two most widely known books on the philosophy of psychology include Assumptions of Social Psychology in 1969 and The Foundations of Social Psychology in 1976.
Lana is survived by his wife, daughter and grandson.
A memorial for Robert Lana will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m., at Wyndham, the alumnae house of Bryn Mawr College (234 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa.).
RSVP is requested, but not required, to Renata, Lana’s daughter, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-725-0004.