In memoriam - John D. DeLamater

Sociology Professor Emeritus John DeLamater passed away on Wednesday, December 13 at the age of 77. Professor DeLamater was a highly-respected teacher who taught thousands of students and won numerous teaching awards during his 48-year career at UW-Madison. He taught over 120 classes, including both the extremely popular 110-level course in Human Sexuality and upper level and graduate courses in social psychology. He was also well known for his graduate training and mentored a large number of students through their PhD.

John published 47 articles and 7 books in the areas of social psychology with a focus on intimate behavior and sexuality and is nationally famous for his work on sexuality through the life course. He co-authored two foundational textbooks: Understanding Human Sexuality and Social Psychology, edited the Journal of Sex Research for nine years, and was one of only 91 elected fellows of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sociology. He was awarded the Alfred E Kinsey Award for Distinguished Contributions to the field of sex research by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in 2002.

John's contributions to the sociology program extended well beyond his teaching and research and include his unflagging support of systematic preparation in teaching as a part of graduate education, his leadership in the training of new teaching assistants and lecturers, his mentorship of graduate students, and his role in efforts to bridge achievement gaps in undergraduate education at UW. John was a respected colleague and friend to generations of faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Sociology and will be greatly missed. John's obituary is available here. If you would like to honor his longstanding comitment to education gifts can be made to the Professor John DeLamater Award Fund