'Gentleman' George Shouksmith remembered as Massey leader


College of Humanities and Social Sciences Pro Vice-Chancellor Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley has paid tribute to Professor George Emeritus Shouksmith, who died in Feilding on January 20, aged 84.

Professor Shouksmith joined Massey University in 1970 and led the Psychology Department until 1989, when he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

He was instrumental in establishing a variety of programmes at Massey, including Nursing, Police Studies and Aviation.

"George was an internationally respected Psychologist who brought passion and dedication to the discipline," Professor Spoonley says. "He was a true gentleman whose strength of character, compassion and sense of humour will be fondly remembered by all who came into contact with him."

Born in 1931, he completed Master of Arts with Honours at Edinburgh University and a PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he lectured from 1964 to 1970.

He specialised in clinical, educational and child psychology and was a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society (president 1981-82).

At Massey University, he established the first university-based programme for Nursing education. He was also heavily involved in a range of community and government activities. He retired in 1996.

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