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Guthrie, Robert V.

(born: Feb. 14, 1932  -  died: Nov. 6, 2005

A few weeks after Robert Guthrie and his twin brother were born, the family moved to Richmond, KY, then later to Lexington, KY. Their father, P. L. Guthrie, was a former principal at old Dunbar High School.

Robert Guthrie was a veteran of the Korean War. He earned his undergraduate degree at Florida A&M, then enrolled at the University of Kentucky in 1955, where he received his master's degree in psychology. He earned his doctorate at International University in 1970.

Guthrie went on to become one of the most influential African American scholars. He was the first African American psychologist to have his papers in the National Archives of American Psychology. He is author of numerous books, including Even the Rat Was White; a Historical View of Psychology. Guthrie was the first African American faculty member at San Diego Mesa College. Decades later, he returned to live in San Diego, where he is buried.

For more see An 'American psychologist'; "Robert V. Guthrie, PhD: Featured Psychologist" at the APA website; and  J. Williams, "Robert V. Guthrie, 75; noted psychology educator," San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/12/2005, Obituaries column, p. B6.

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NKAA Entry: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Lexington, KY)
NKAA Source: Even the rat was white: a historical view of psychology
NKAA Source: The San Diego union-tribune (newspaper)

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