In Memoriam

Passing of Professor George Wagner

Picture1Dear Members of the Psychology Department,

It is with sadness that I share the news that Professor George Wagner passed away over the weekend. I offer my deepest condolences to George's family, friends, colleagues and students. 

George was a prominent and accomplished member of our Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Area, and a gentle, wise presence in the Department for many decades. He was a long-serving Graduate Vice Chair, a longstanding Space Committee Chair,a great researcher, collaborator, educator, mentor and friend to many faculty, students and staff members.

Information about services and a potential memorial will be provided in a future communication.

Students seeking grief counseling or general support can contact CAPS (Counseling, Alcohol, and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services), which is providing services, including Let’s Talk, both in person and via tele-health. Students can contact CAPS by calling 848-932-7884.

Students may also reach out to the following resources for support:

  • Dean of Students Office: 1-848-932-2300 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Multifaith Council: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Crisis Text Line: Text KNIGHTS to 741741. To speak directly with a counselor of color text STEVE to 741741
  • NJ Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735
  • Acute Psychiatric Service: A 24-hour emergency service for local residents, 1-855-515-5700

George's obituary can be found here:

 https://www.wilsonapple.com/obituaries/obituary-listings?obId=23189165&source=EmSh

With deepest sorrow at having to share this news,

 Lee Jussim, Chair Department of Psychology, Rutgers-New Brunswick

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