Remembering our cherished alumni and faculty who have recently passed away.
RON GENTILE, a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, died April 20, 2022. He was 81. Gentile taught educational psychology at GSE for 35 years, from 1969 to 2004.
Gentile, who always knew he wanted to teach, started out in chemical engineering at the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia. He soon determined engineering wasn't for him and enrolled at Pennsylvania State University, where he earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in psychology. After completing his doctoral work, he narrowly missed going to Vietnam: the ROTC graduate instead served as captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C. In 1969, after two years at the hospital, Gentile came to UB.
His research and teaching spanned a wide range of educational psychology topics from behavioral and emotional issues to cognitive and memory processes, as well as improving testing and grading practices. He produced over 80 publications, including five books, almost all with direct implications for teaching. His most recent publication, “Learning from Video Games (and Everything Else): The General Learning Model (Elements in Applied Social Psychology),” was co-authored with his son, Douglas Gentile, professor of psychology at Iowa State University.
He remained passionate about his work after three decades in the field. He shared a simple philosophy with his students: “Each of us has to be humble. We're never done learning how to teach.”