Thomas McGill, who had been the Hales Professor of Psychology at Williams College, died Nov. 26, 2017, at the age of 87, after a brief illness.
McGill graduated from a western Pennsylvania high school and began working at the local Sharon Steel mill, attending Youngstown State University part time.
After graduating from Youngstown in 1954, he earned a master’s degree in 1957 and a Ph.D. in psychology in 1958 from Princeton. He then joined the psychology department at Williams College. His principal research interest was hormones and how they affect behavior. McGill obtained many government research grants, which at that time were usually reserved for larger research-oriented universities.
He published many academic papers and several texts, making that information available to students. He lectured at various universities and consulted with NASA on the feasibility of various experiments in outer space. With his wife, he operated Celtic Kennels and bred and showed Newfoundland dogs.
McGill was predeceased by his wife, Nancy. He is survived by two sons, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
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