Theodore Roy (Ted) Sarbin

Theodore Roy (Ted) Sarbin was professor emeritus of psychology and criminology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Formerly he taught at the University of California at Berkeley in 1949 as a lecturer in clinical psychology. Sarbin is well known for his essay on narrative as a root metaphor (Sarbin, 1986). After retiring from UC Santa Cruz faculty, Sarbin continued to publish extensively as well as to teach, primarily at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Sarbin was legendary for his dedication to his many former graduate students and colleagues with whom he continued to write and carry out research and other projects at a steady pace until his death in 2005. He received the Henry A. Murray Award in 1994 from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. In 1999 he was the recipient of the Award for Distinguished Theoretical and Philosophical Contributions to Psychology by Division 24 of the American Psychological Association. In August 2005, that same division instituted an annual award in his name. Theodore R. Sarbin died at his home August 31, 2005.

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