Academic journal article Education

Professor Russell N. Cassel: In Memoriam

Academic journal article Education

Professor Russell N. Cassel: In Memoriam

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From the time he taught in a one-room country schoolhouse, Russel N. Cassel knew he had found a niche in education.

During the next several decades, his expertise as an educator and psychological and test evaluator surfaced in the military, in State Department assignments and on university campuses.

When he retired in 1974 as a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, he took on a new challenge with an educational theme: publishing and editing professional psychology journals.

Dr. Cassel, who operated his Project Innovation publishing firm until about a year ago, died Tuesday at Scripps Memorial Hospital-Chula Vista. He was 92.

This cause was congestive heart failure, his family said.

"His heart was in education," said a daughter, Sallie Cassel. "Everything he pursued revolved around that."

A statistical and testing specialist, Dr. Cassel wrote nine books on psychology, published articles in more than 60 professional journals and devised more than a dozen psychological tests.

Much of his work was done during careers in the military and with the State Department before he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1967.

Dr. Cassel, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, rose to colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He was called to active duty as a chief psychologist during World War II and supervised reserve officer training at six colleges during the Korean War.

As a State Department official during the Vietnam War, he served as an adviser to Vietnamese universities. He later directed personnel services for schools in Liberia until taking the post in Milwaukee, where he specialized in educational psychology and measurement.

Dr. Cassel earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1936 from Millersville College in Pennsylvania, a master's in psychology in 1937 from Penn State University and a doctorate in education in 1949 from the University of Southern California.

His first teaching job was in 1937 in a one-room schoolhouse, where he taught kindergarten through eighth grade, in rural Lebanon County, Pa. He was teaching in a Dauphin Boro, Pa., middle school and serving an internship in school psychology at Hershey High School when he was called to active military duty in 1940. …

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