Dr. Anthony A. J. Marley

Anthony (Tony) A. J. Marley, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Victoria, and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at McGill University, died suddenly at his home in Victoria, British Columbia, on 14 June 2021. He was 81 years old. From humble beginnings in Devonshire, England, Tony went on to Birmingham University on a Devon County scholarship to study mathematics. He earned a first-class honours B.Sc. in 1961, and he went on to complete his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1965, supported by a Fulbright grant and a Woodrow Wilson fellowship. He then was a research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Alberta, before taking up a post in 1969 as Assistant Professor of Psychology at McGill University. During his time at McGill, Tony rose through the academic ranks, establishing himself as an international leader in the field of mathematical psychology and collaborating with colleagues in North America, Europe, and Australia. He published work with such luminaries as R. Duncan Luce and Hans Colonius and served the field as Editor of the leading journal in the area, the Journal of Mathematical Psychology. Much of his research involved mathematical modeling of human decision making, with particular relevance to important societal issues such as voting behavior and consumer preferences. His research was supported by granting agencies in Canada, Australia, and the United States. He was elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 2004. Tony was Chair of the Department of Psychology at McGill University from 1992 to 2001. In 2002, Tony retired from McGill and moved to Victoria where he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Psychology. In addition to this position, Tony was also an Adjunct Research Professor at the Institute for Choice, University of South Australia, and External Adjunct at the Centre for Choice Modelling at the University of Leeds. Tony was a highly valued member of the Department of Psychology at UVic and regularly attended the weekly Cognition and Brain Science Seminar (except during those months of the year when he decamped to Australia). He was a dapper dresser and owned a dazzling collection of bow ties. Tony continued his research and his warm, collegial interactions right up until his death. Tony is survived by his wife, Carol, his daughter, Anna, and his grandson, Gabriel. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all for his keen wit, sharp insight, and gentle sense of humour.

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