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Distinguished Professor of Humanics: Henry J. Paar 1981

Henry J. Paar 1981

Title of Humanics Lecture
The Power of the Person

To learn more about Dr. Paar's career at Springfield, explore our archive records here.

Earned Degrees
Ph.D., George Peabody College (1957)
Master of Arts, Columbia University (1950)
Bachelor of Science, Springfield College (1949)

Final Title at Springfield College
Professor of Psychology


Dr. Paar served in WWII as a US Navy tail gunner and won the distinguished Flying Cross and after that spent three years at Springfield College where he majored in group work in organizations graduating in 1949. After his graduate work he returned to the college as Assistant Professor of Psychology in 1957 where he specialized in clinical psychology with particular interests in counseling and psychotherapy. Over the years he held a variety of positions including Chairperson of the Psychology Department, Director of the Division of Arts and Sciences, Director of the Counseling Center and Director of the Guidance and Psychological Services graduate program. Well loved by students, Dr. Paar won the Springfield College Innovative teaching award in 1968 and again in 1974. In 1970 he won Outstanding educator of America. Dr. Paar retired in 1990 after 33 years at the College and died in 2008.


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