Campbell Perry, who was a member of the Department of Psychology for over
30 years and retired in 1996 at the rank of Emeritus Professor (the equivalent
of the current Distinguished Emeritus Professor), died on May 15.
After completing his PhD at the University of Sydney in his native Australia,
Cam joined the psychology department at Sir George Williams University.
Cam was interested in the nature of consciousness, especially with respect
to the phenomenon of hypnosis. He was at the forefront of research on
the effects of hypnosis on memory and on the use of hypnosis in forensic
Cam was one of Concordias most productive scholars. During his career
he published in such journals as Science and the Journal of Personality
and Social Psychology. There is no doubt that Cam was one of the worlds
foremost authorities on the experimental study of hypnosis and its application
to forensic issues.
Cam deservedly received many honours and awards. The Social Science Citation
Index shows that his hit rate is still strong. He was well known as a
stimulating and effective supervisor. His students will never forget him.
Cams personality was distinct and memorable. On a good day, he
was mildly irreverent; on a really good day, he was wildly irreverent.
Cam was not known for his concern with fashion in any of its manifestations.
He was sensitive and principled, perhaps overly so. In part, Cams
life was a gentle battle against cliché, pretension, officiousness
and pomposity. His wit, his eye for irony, and his keen sense of humour
enlivened many department and committee meetings.
Cam was not the sort of professor who was routinely invited to meet with
potential donors or with members of the board of governors. He was, however,
sought out to participate in other contexts. He was a frequent keynote
speaker at academic conferences and he often served as a consultant in
When the justices of the Supreme Court of Canada were re-evaluating the
trial evidence used to initially convict David Milgard, they needed an
expert to examine the testimony of witnesses who had been hypnotized.
They called Cam. When women and men who had been accused of heinous crimes
by persons who had recovered lost memories of abuse (often
under hypnosis), they called Cam to testify about whether such recollections
could be possible. In these ways, and as a scholar, mentor and colleague,
Cam made a difference.
A memorial will be held for Cam by the department in the fall.
-William M. Bukowski