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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., and BANGOR – Colin Martindale, 65, died Nov. 16, 2008, at home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was born March 21, 1943, in Fort Morgan, Colo., to Roy and Martha Martindale. Colin received his Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in psychology from the University of Colorado in 1964 and his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1970 from Harvard University. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1964. He joined the department of psychology at the University of Maine in 1970 and retired in 2005 as professor emeritus. During the 1978 academic year, he served as acting director of clinical training at the University of Maine. In 1991, he held the position of visiting scientist at Nijmegen Institute for Cognition Research and Information Technology at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Among his many honors and awards are first prize in the Ninth Annual Creative Talent Awards Program of the American Institutes for Research for his doctorate dissertation, 1970; the American Association for the Advancement of Science Socio-Psychological Prize, 1984; UM Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award, 1986; Doctorat Homoris Causa from the Universit? Catholique de Louvain, 1988; the Gustav Theodor Fechner Award for outstanding contributions to empirical aesthetics from the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, 2000; the Rudolf Arnheim Award for outstanding contributions to psychology and the arts, 1998 and the Paul M. Farnsworth Award for outstanding service, 2001, both from APA’s Division 10, Psychology and the Arts. Martindale served as APA Division 10 president and as president of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics. He was awarded an honorary academician at the International Informatization Academy, Moscow, 1995, and an honorary professor of psychology and art at Perm State Institute of Arts and Culture, Perm, Russia, 1997. He was an important contributor to the study of creativity and aesthetics, but also made contributions to psycholinguistics, computerized content analysis, author attribution, psychoanalytic theory, statistical methods, personality, abnormal psychology, interpersonal attraction and oligonucleotide frequencies in DNA. He was a member of 21 American and International scientific societies. He served as editor of Empirical Studies of the Arts, APA Division 10’s Bulletin of Psychology and the Arts and co-editor of Baywood Publishing Co.’s “Foundations and Frontiers of Aesthetics” series. He served on the editorial boards of Poetics, The Creativity Research Journal, The Journal of Creative Behavior, The Journal of Mind and Behavior and John Benjamin Publishing Co.’s book series, “Linguistic Approaches to Literature.” He was the author, editor or co-editor of 14 psychological convention proceedings, journal special issues and books, including “The Clockwork Muse.” He authored more than 185 articles, chapters and reviews, and gave more than 195 papers, invited addresses and colloquia worldwide. His contributions to science and psychology will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife, Milly; stepdaughter, Lavina Lee Dilly; and stepsons, Lenny Lee and his wife, Sharon, and Larry Lee and his wife, Angie. He also leaves four stepgrandchildren, Cole, Axl, Justin and Cheyenne. He is survived by his mother and was predeceased by his father. At his request, there was no service. Condolences may be sent to the family at 8731 East Whitton Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Let perpetual light shine upon him.

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