We are very sad to have to notify SASP members that one of Australia’s most notable social psychologists, Margaret Foddy, has died while attending the Social Dilemmas Conference in Arizona. Her husband, Pat, was with her at the time, and has let us know that her death was instantaneous.
Margaret had been integrally involved with SASP since the early 1990s and served as President of the organization between 1995 and 1997. She was deeply committed to the values and aims of SASP, and was a regular conference participant – including, happily, our Sydney conference in April. Her contributions to SASP and in particular, postgraduate education and welfare, have been recognized with the Margaret Foddy Postgraduate Travel Awards which provide financial assistance to postgraduates who wish to attend SASP conferences.
Margaret won both national and international esteem for her scholarship in various aspects of social psychology, and most notably for her seminal work on social dilemmas and trust, topics of increasing importance in an era of rapid climate change and resource depletion. Margaret was also loved by her many friends and colleagues for her loyalty, kindness, good sense, and wicked sense of humour.
She will be greatly missed by us all.