rector in 1990 on a two-year leave of absence from Brown. So confident was I that I could be very useful to the APA and to psychology and that I could rely on my fellow executives of APA for common purpose and personal support, that I did not even insure that I had a properly executed contract when, after some wooing and special pleading by the chief executive officer of the association, I took the job. This oversight on my part was perhaps a matter of excessive risk taking, to which I am disposed and to which I have earlier alluded. I fell victim to false accusations after completing eighteen months of my intended two-year stay in that position. I learned painfully that personal integrity and desire for constructive change are not always golden keys to success in a large organization. I learned, more than one can by reading, about David and Goliath. I. learned from personal experience that assaults on an individual's personhood are just as serious and just as debilitating as the author of the Ten Commandments warned.
Hoping to help my "parent organization" move toward a happier state in which scientists and clinicians alike would find the organization hospitable, I have run twice for the APA presidency. The outpouring of support that my candidacy attracted has been reward enough for now. I ran second among five candidates on both occasions. Although my loss of the elections in the midst of foul political publicity has formed the lowest spot of my life, these years have also provided a truly validating experience as so many friends, colleagues, and family members rose to my defense and provided much needed psychological support. Nonetheless, harassment by false accusation is no fun.
My mother lived long enough to tell me, when she was in her eighties and when I, in my fifties, was deeply immersed in my teaching and research career, "Lew, you're working too hard." My father, a literate man who spoke fine English, lived to greet me frequently with a smart smile, calling out "Hello, Perfessah!"
In my turn, I lived to please them, to enjoy my siblings and their families, to have a long-lasting love affair with Edna, to enjoy beyond description my wonderful son and daughter, to relish the estimations of highly respected scientists who think that I have contributed substantially to my field, and to have very fine, bright, scholarly, humorous friends. I have had many, many laughs. I have, finally, had a great deal of fun. Strange that I should feel I haven't Done enough, but there it is. I have been very lucky.
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