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Carl Ward Backman, a long-time fellow of the American Psychological Association, died at his home in Reno, Nevada, on February 16, 2008. He was 84. After earning a doctorate in sociology, he joined the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in 1955. There he remained until his death, serving as a professor, department chair, director of social psychology, dean, and emeritus professor. His time at UNR was interrupted only by a two-year stint as program director for sociology and social psychology at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC. Carl had a great influence on social psychology, the university he served, the department and the PhD program that he helped build, as well as on his colleagues, students, and friends. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)