On April 4, 2014, family, friends and colleagues of the late
Robert D. McCormick, professor of psychology and founding director of the
Center for Child Advocacy at Montclair State University, gathered at the
University Conference Center for a memorial service in celebration of his life
McCormick, who died suddenly and unexpectedly on January 3,
2014, was a progressive, passionate, and caring friend and colleague and an
academic pioneer. He served Montclair State for more than four decades,
teaching in the Department of Spanish and Italian, the Department of
Psychology, and in the Child Advocacy and Policy program. For the past 13 years,
he was the director of the Center for Child Advocacy, which he founded.
Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole used the memorial
service as the occasion to announce that in his honor, the Center for Child
Advocacy would be renamed the Robert D. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and
Policy, effective July 1, 2014.
“It is fitting that the Center for Child Advocacy be renamed
the Robert D. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and Policy,” says College of
Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Marietta Morrissey. “He was a pioneer in
understanding the need for greater academic programming in the area of child
welfare and children’s rights.”
McCormick was a staunch advocate for New Jersey’s children
and families. Under his committed direction, the Center became a unique
educational, training and public service initiative. It provided both a broad
range of academic program opportunities to Montclair State undergraduate and
graduate students and important services to the agencies that service New Jersey’s
children and families.
He was instrumental in a establishing productive partnership
with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families to prepare staff to better
serve the state’s children and families. “Similar programs elsewhere in the nation
now number nearly 50,” notes Morrissey. “Many were designed with his input and
are modeled after the Montclair State Center.”
For a 2007 autobiographical essay by Robert McCormick, go to: First Person.