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Paul Heist


Paul A. Heist

Professor of Education, Emeritus

UC Berkeley

1917 – 2001


Dr. Paul A. Heist was born on August 2, 1917, in Waverly, Iowa, to Ernst Heist and Emma Goppelt Heist. The oldest of four brothers, he graduated from Luther College in 1939. Subsequently, he received his master's degree from the University of Illinois, and became the Dean of Students at Carthage College.


Paul volunteered for the Armed Services in December of 1941. He served in World War II until he was wounded in 1944. After being awarded the Purple Heart, and a yearlong recovery, he returned to school, receiving his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1950. He became a professor at Oregon State College in Corvallis.


Paul married Mary Unruh in October of 1956. He spent the vast majority of his career as a professor in higher education and clinical psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. During his tenure, he published important works, including Variation in achievement within a select and homogeneous student body (with Phoebe A. Williams, 1960) and The creative college student: an unmet challenge (1968). His dedication to his work and his students was renowned. Paul's great loves included his family, his work in the field of education, art, music, gardening, and his students.


He is survived, loved, and deeply missed by his son, Martin T. Heist and wife Susan Yamagata of Danville, California; daughter Lauren Heist Francis and husband Sam Francis of Livingston, Montana; and son Jerome Clement Heist and wife Kimberly Clement Heist. He is also survived by his former wife Mary Heist Secor (Walter) of Bozeman, Montana, by six grandchildren, and by two brothers.



              The Heist family contributed to this memorial.