The University Record, November 1, 1999

Neil M. Kalter

Psychologist Neil M. Kalter died Oct. 23 of cancer of the gallbladder. He was 57.

A professor of psychology and of psychiatry, Kalter was best known for his work on the impact of divorce on children, the subject of his 1990 book, Growing Up with Divorce (Ballantine Books). But his interests included the impact of parental death on children and children’s understanding of disturbed peers.

Director of the University Center for the Child and the Family in 1987–92, Kalter taught courses on advanced statistics, research methods, child psychopathology, family therapy and parental loss, among other subjects. He served on the editorial board of Orthopsychiatry and the Journal of Child and Family Studies, and on the National Institutes of Mental Health Review Panel on the impact of marital disruption on children.

His consulting roles included work with the High Scope Educational Research Foundation, the Children’s Television Network, and the Canadian Federal Government on proposed revisions of the Canadian Divorce Act.

Born Oct. 12, 1942, in New York state, Kalter attended Mumford High School in Detroit, received his B.A. from the U-M in 1964, and his Ph.D. in 1971.

Kalter is survived by his wife, Susan, of Pittsfield Twp.; daughters, Jennifer of Dublin, Ireland, Stacy (Christopher) Gasparovic of Dexter, and Lindsay of Ann Arbor; granddaughter, Isabelle Gasparovic of Dexter; mother, Sylvia Kalter of Tucson, Ariz.; brothers Alan Kalter of Ann Arbor and Jay Kalter of Switzerland; and sister, Lee-Ann Larrieu of Sugar Grove, Minn.

A memorial service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in Rackham Amphiteater. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

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