Glayde Whitney Obit -- Age 62

Sam Pawlett rsp at
Sun Mar 10 23:22:31 MST 2002

[One last gem from Mr. Rushton. Hey, does anyone out there have any hard
scientific facts that David Duke was a racist? How about those who
praise him and write intros to his book? I didn't know Dave was into
serious research. Maybe he got into it after loading Air America planes
in Laos.I guess he wants to put the "science" back into scientific
racism. Anybody remember Klanwatch? David Duke, jack of all trades,
master of one: being a fascist pig. SP]

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Subject: [evol-psych] Glayde Whitney Obit -- Age 62
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 15:15:44 -0500
From: Philippe Rushton <rushton at>
Organization: University of Western Ontario
To: evolutionary-psychology at
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Tallahassee Democrat
January 10, 2002

Controversial FSU prof Glayde Whitney dies

By Jeff Burlew, Democrat Staff Writer

Glayde Whitney, a Florida State University professor known as much for
his controversial views on race as his expertise in genetics and
behavior, died early Wednesday. He was 62.

Robert Contreras, chairman of the Department of Psychology, said
Whitney e-mailed the university earlier this week saying he would miss
Tuesday classes because of an illness. He died at Tallahassee Memorial
Hospital, according to a hospital official. The exact illness could
not be verified by The Democrat.

Whitney spent most of his career, which spanned more than 31 years, at
FSU, where he taught in the psychology department and conducted
research into genetic mechanisms underlying behavior. Before that, he
taught at New Mexico State University.

Several years ago, the National Institutes of Health bestowed on him a
prestigious merit award, a major research grant given to scientists
who have made long-standing contributions, Contreras said.

But Whitney generated intense controversy in 1999 when he wrote a
foreword to a book penned by former-Klansman-turned-politician David
Duke. The book, "My Awakening," called for separate nations for blacks
and whites and claimed blacks are inferior to whites.

Whitney called Duke's book "a painstakingly documented, academically
excellent work . . . that has the potential to raise tremendous
controversy and change the very course of history."

Contreras said Whitney's outspoken views sparked controversy at FSU
and across the country. Although Contreras disagreed with his views on
race, he acknowledged his right to academic freedom and expression.

"I think he thought he was doing the right thing," Contreras said. "I
don't think he was trying to make people angry - I think he was trying
to make people think differently. But he did upset a lot of people,
and he did make a lot of people angry."

Whitney, who earned bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the
University of Minnesota, was known for his work with mice in studying
genetics and behavior. This semester, he was scheduled to teach a
genetics course at FSU's branch campus in Panama City.

Donald Foss, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, remembered
Whitney as a scientist who was at the forefront of his discipline. He
said many of his colleagues disagreed with Whitney's views.

"In the face of such criticism, he defended his views," Foss said in a
statement. "As well, (FSU) defended his right to hold them."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Contact reporter Jeff Burlew at (850) 599-2180 or jburlew at

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