GLAYDE WHITNEY, (1940-2002)

Dr. Glayde Whitney died at the age of 62 on the evening of January 8, 2002, after contracting a severe cold that aggravated emphysema.  Glayde was a Professor in the Department of Psychology and former member of the Program in Neuroscience at Florida State University, where he taught and conducted research for 31 years.

Glayde was probably best known for his contributions to investigations of the genetics of taste sensitivity in inbred mice, which began over 30 years ago.  From 1973 until his death, Glayde was author on nearly 60 archival publications on the topic.  Support for some of this work came from a prestigious Claude Pepper Award for Research Excellence from the NIDCD and in 1994, Glayde received the Manheimer Lectureship Award from the Monell Chemical Senses Center, which recognizes career achievements of individuals in the chemosensory sciences.

In 1966, Glayde received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, where he was an NIMH Predoctoral Fellow.  He then spent four years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, completing his research assignments at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico as a Captain in 1969.  From there he went to work as a postdoctoral fellow with Drs. Gerry McClearn and John DeFries at the University of Colorado’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics. In 1970, he secured a position in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University.

Over the course of his career, Glayde served as a referee, reviewer, consultant, advisor, and editor for professional journals, scientific groups and funding organizations, including NIH, NSF, and the VA.

In the last decade, Glayde’s intellectual contributions brought him into the social and political realm, where his ideas were not always readily accepted.  Some knew this side of Glayde, others did not.  In this arena, Glayde would have felt at home with Bill Maher on the now defunct television program “Politically Incorrect.”

Contributed by Charles Wysocki