2016-04-07 / Obituaries

William Shadish, Jr.

William Raymond Shadish, Jr. passed on Easter Sunday, March 27, leaving his love, support and mentoring to family, students and colleagues. Will, after earning a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Purdue University, went onto leave a research legacy in social science, serving as president of both the Society of Multivariate Psychology and the Society of Research Synthesis Methodology.

He is surely missed by those at the University of California, Merced campus and the many national and international organizations where he worked tirelessly throughout his 38 year career.

Will would say that scientists are like sailors, repairing rotting ships at sea, trusting the great bulk while they test and replace weak planks, one at a time. It goes without saying that both personally and professionally, Willy was open to helping those in need with workable and high-standard solutions.

His graduate students were all impeccably trained and many now have meaningful, illustrious careers. Loved for his broad knowledge and unceasing support, he never overlooked complexities, complementing scientific vision with creative and empathic detailing. It is absolutely without doubt that no problem was too great or too small to receive his complete attention and dedication.

Willy, born on March 11, 1949, in Brooklyn, N.Y., was the son of William and Maryjane Shadish.

He is survived by his mother, Maryjane Shadish of Redding; his wife, Cynthia AD Shadish; a brother and two sisters: Bryan Shadish of Pleasanton, Elizabeth Shadish of Gardena and Maggie Garcia of Redding. Willy was a proud uncle to seven nieces and nephews and doubly blessed with the love from Karen Shadish, his step-mother, and her family, Dana Post of Washington, Zachary Kamla of Redding and Todd Kamla of Mt. Shasta.

A memorial service will be held at the Mariposa Funeral Home in Mariposa, Calif., on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1 p.m.

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