A Sudden Passing: Dr. Robert McCormick

Dr. Robert McCormick

Colleagues and Friends:

I am very sorry to report that Dr. Robert McCormick passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, January 3, 2014.   Dr. McCormick was Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Child Advocacy which he founded.  Dr. McCormick taught at Montclair State for more than 40 years.  A man who modeled the goal of lifelong learning, Dr. McCormick achieved multiple and diverse academic credentials:  he obtained a PhD in 18th Century Spanish Literature from CUNY followed by a second PhD in Psychology from Rutgers University.  He also received a JD from Rutgers Law School in Newark.  Dr. McCormick published two books, poetry, and many scholarly articles.  In his MSU career Dr. McCormick had taught Psychology, Spanish & Italian. 

The interdisciplinary programs in Child Advocacy which Dr. McCormick created and promoted, at both undergraduate and graduate level, were the cutting edge of a new field of study which has now been taken up at some forty institutions nation-wide.  He was responsible for the first fully online certificate program at Montclair State and the Center currently sponsors one of MSU's first two online master's degree programs.  Recently he served on a state task force on child abuse and neglect (NJTFCAN) appointed by Governor Chris Christie. 

Dr. McCormick was born in Manhattan on April 3, 1948, raised in Brooklyn, and later lived in New Jersey, most recently in Glen Ridge.  He is survived by his partner, Hunter Jones, a long-time staff member of Sprague Library, and their two sons Matthew and Gregory, his sister Pat McCormick Farrell of Bloomfield, his nephew Richard A. Farrell of Bloomfield, his niece Jennifer Farrell Ackerman, her husband & son of Portland, Maine, as well as many cousins and friends of many years.

Visiting hours are Monday and Tuesday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at Caggiano Memorial (www.caggianomemorial.com), 62 Grove Street, Montclair, New Jersey.  Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., at St. James Episcopal Church, 581 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

Montclair State University flags on campus have been lowered to half-mast and will remain so until Monday, January 13.

I know you join me in extending sincere condolences to Hunter, Matthew, Gregory and all their family, and to one another for this untimely and tragic loss to our academic community.

Willard Gingerich, PhD
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs