In Memory of Thomas Greville

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In Memory of Thomas Greville


Palmer, John, The Journal of Parapsychology


Dr. Thomas N. E. Greville passed away on February, 16, 1998, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Although he had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, the immediate cause of death was pneumonia. He was 87 years old. He is survived by his wife, Florence, and two children, Alice and Edgar, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Born in New York City on December 27, 1910, Dr. Greville obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of the South, and his masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan, the latter in 1933. His field of study was mathematics, and he held various positions in academia and the U.S. government, culminating in a professorship in the Mathematics Research Center and School of Business at the University of Wisconsin from 1963 to 1981. He was a fellow in the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Statistical Association, the Inter-American Statistical Association, the Society' of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Mathematical Association.

Dr. Greville's contributions to parapsychology began in 1937, while he was an Instructor in Mathematics at the University of Michigan. From 1938 to 1944 he published three technical reports concerning the application of statistical methods to ESP card-guessing data. He was particularly interested in the "matching case," in which card sequences with fixed frequencies of each target alternative are matched against each other. …

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