In Memoriam: Richard Gorsuch

In Memoriam Richard Gorsuch

Fuller Theological Seminary mourns the passing of one of its own. Richard L. Gorsuch, senior professor of psychology, passed away on Sunday, February 14.

Dr. Gorsuch’s work at Fuller spanned nearly four decades as he taught clinical psychology, specializing in the psychology of religion, substance abuse, social psychology, and statistics. In addition to his extensive research in these fields, Dr. Gorsuch was part of the team that developed cutting-edge statistics software in the late 1980s. He is known across the social sciences for his publication of Factor Analysis (1983) and the development of the statistical software program “UniMult.”

Most recently a licensed social psychologist, active member of the Religious Research Association, and fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the American Psychological Association, Dr. Gorsuch authored or contributed chapters to over 20 books, including Integrating Psychology and Spirituality? (2007).

Beyond his accomplishments in the field, however, Dr. Gorsuch was a beloved member of the Fuller community, having served in the School of Psychology faculty since 1979. Among other affirmations over the years, he was given the peer-chosen Weyerhaeuser Award for Excellence in 2004, the highest honor bestowed annually on a Fuller faculty member.

“Richard Gorsuch was a brilliant scholar and a generous mentor,” says Mari Clements, dean of the School of Psychology at Fuller. “He was also a tireless champion of resolving conflicts, whether those be in the local congregation, in Burma, or in individual relationships. The School of Psychology is a better place for what he brought us and what he helped us to become. He will be deeply missed.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Gorsuch’s family and friends, especially his beloved wife Sylvia, his children Eric and Kay, and his grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 26, at 3:00 pm at the Pasadena Christian Church at 789 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena, California 91107.

Watch Dr. Gorsuch offer comments in a panel discussion at the School of Psychology’s 50th anniversary celebration

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