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Week of 29 March 2002 · Vol. V, No. 28


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Harold Goodglass, a former MED professor of neurology and director of BU's Aphasia Research Center (ARC), died on March 18 of complications from a fall. He was 82.

  Harold Goodglass Photo by Bradford F. Herzog

He was born in New York City in 1920, graduated from Townsend Harris High School in 1935, and received a B.A. from City College of New York in 1939. He served in the Army Air Force from 1942 to 1946, and was discharged as a captain. He received an M.A. in psychology from New York University in 1948, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 1951.

Prior to becoming a MED associate professor of neurology in 1965, Goodglass worked as a clinical psychologist at the Boston VA Hospital and then as chief of the clinical psychology section after joining the MED faculty. After his appointment as director of ARC, he continued at the VA as director of psychology research and as a research psychologist.

Goodglass developed a special interest in aphasia early in his career and published research articles on disorders of naming in aphasia, on category-specific disorders of lexical comprehension and production, on the comprehension of syntax, and on the syndrome of agrammatism.

He became director of ARC in 1969 and remained in that post until 1996. In 1997 he received the Gold Medal Award from the American Psychological Foundation for contributions to the application of psychology. ARC was renamed the Harold Goodglass Aphasia Research Center in honor of its longtime director.

Goodglass is survived by his wife, Dr. Helen Denison, of Newton, his daughter, his son, and his grandchildren.


29 March 2002
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