August 18, 2014, from Larry Williams
Dear members of the Research Methods Division and the Organizational Research Methods and CARMA communities:
It is with great sadness that I report the death of our colleague, Lawrence R. (Larry) James. He passed peacefully early August 14 due to complications from open-heart surgery, in the presence of his wife Leslie and son Jordan. As you may know, Larry was past Chairperson of the Research Methods Division (1991), recipient in 2002 of the RMD’s Advancement of Organizational Research Methods Award, and in 2003 was recognized with the RMD’s Distinguished Career Award. Most recently, in May of 2014 he was the recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
He was a member of the Organizational Research Methods’ Editorial Board since its formation in 1997, an informal advisor to all of its editors, and he published regularly in ORM as well as other high quality outlets on a variety of methodological and substantive topics. His research contributions spanned broad areas related to causal models and inference, moderation/mediation, agreement among measures, levels of analysis, meta-analysis, and psychological measurement, among many other topics. His training of many doctoral students throughout his career extended his impact in these areas.
Larry was a passionate supporter of the formation of the Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) and its progression of programs and events since its establishment in 1997. He contributed regularly to its Mini-Conference and Webcast Programs, and was a constant inspiration to many Short Course instructors working to improve the quality of organizational and psychological research.
Most importantly, he was a friend, mentor, advisor, and provider of frequent methodological consultation to many associated with the RMD,ORM, and CARMA. His warmth, humor, and style will be missed by the many who had the good fortune to know him and benefit from his presence in our lives and in our research methods community.
Those wishing to send condolences or remembrances to the James family may send an email to Lawrencejames.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, August 22, 11:00 a.m.
Patterson Funeral Home
1020 Spring St. NW
Atlanta, Ga, 30309
Note: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of Larry’s favorite organizations, the Nature Conservancy
Brief Career Summary
Larry James received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Utah, and during the course of his career held academic appointments at Texas Christian University, the University of Tennessee, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Throughout his career his research and scholarship focused on the development of innovative statistical and measurement techniques for psychological and organizational research. His professional accomplishments include nearly $7 million in research funding, three scholarly books, and over 90 journal publications and book chapters. He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Academy of Management. In 1989 he was elected to the Society for Organizational Behavior, and in 2003 he received the Distinguished Career Award from the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management. Most recently, in May of 2014 he was the recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Dr. Larry J. Williams
Director, Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA)
Professor of Management/Dean’s Research Chair and Professor of Psychology
Wayne State University School of Business Administration
300 Prentis Building
Detroit, MI 48202