Dr. Douglas John Kerr Mewhort, 1942 - 2019
Beloved husband, father and professor, Doug passed away in Kingston on Thursday, February 28. Although his health had declined for several years, the end was mercifully quick.
Doug was the only son of Daniel and Robena Mewhort (née Kerr). Growing up in Toronto, he began to play French Horn at North Toronto Collegiate. He received his A.R.C.T. in 1960 and played professionally in Toronto and at the Stratford Festival, and later with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.
Although he never abandoned the horn, he was lured from his first vocation by Psychology, which he claimed had "all the most interesting problems". He studied at the University of Toronto (B.A. Hon, 1964) and the University of Waterloo (M.A., 1965; PhD. 1968). Doug joined the Psychology Department of Queen's University in 1968 and was still active there as Professor Emeritus at the time of his passing.
Doug published extensively in the fields of Cognitive Psychology, Statistics, and Computational Modeling. He fought for Queen's to invest in first-class computing resources. He also contributed generously to his profession at the national and international levels. His academic honours included Fellow of The Canadian Psychological Association, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour & Cognitive Science (2017), and Fellow of the Psychonomic Society. ....Full Obituary
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