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Witty, Paul, 1898-1976

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1898-1976

Paul Andrew Witty was born July 23, 1898, in Terre Haute, Indiana, to William L. and Margaret (Kerr) Witty. He obtained his B.A. from Indiana State Normal School in 1920, his M.A. (1923) and Ph.D. (1931) from Columbia University. After working as a school psychologist and teaching educational psychology at the University of Kansas, Witty came to Northwestern in 1930 as a professor of education and director of the Psycho-Educational Clinic.

From 1942 to 1944 Witty, serving as a major in the U.S. Army, developed an effective reading program for low-literacy soldiers. Named professor emeritus upon his retirement from Northwestern in 1966, Witty died on February 11, 1976, in Chicago.

Witty became widely known for his work with gifted and creative children, involvement in a variety of reading programs, and his annual studies of children's viewing of television. He was a prolific author, contributing to the literature in education and psychology. He was also active as an editor, speaker, and consultant.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Paul Witty (1898-1976) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 14/14
Abstract Paul Andrew Witty was born July 23, 1898, in Terre Haute, Indiana, to William L. and Margaret (Kerr) Witty. He obtained his B.A. from Indiana State Normal School in 1920, his M.A. (1923) and Ph.D. (1931) from Columbia University. After working as a school psychologist and teaching educational psychology at the University of Kansas, Witty came to Northwestern in 1930 as a professor of education and director of the Psycho-Educational Clinic. The Paul Witty Papers are arranged in seven categories:...