Distinguished Service 2019: John Kelsey

On June 7, 2019, Professor Emeritus of Psychology John E. Kelsey was presented the College Key Distinguished Service Award at the Annual Meeting of the College Key at Reunion.

John Kelsey arrived at Bates in 1979 where he joined a fledgling Psychology department as the only biological psychologist. For over 30 years, he taught hundreds of students and built a research program that advanced knowledge in areas related to the neuroscience of psychopharmacology, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia.

John’s legendary teaching skills combined with his exceptional scholarly work have impacted the world well beyond the boundaries of Bates. He has authored or co-authored dozens of research articles, many with Bates students, helping prepare them for careers in research and medicine. He has also masterfully mentored many colleagues over the years who, in turn, have made their own significant contributions to neuroscience.

In addition to his post as chair of neuroscience, John has served the Bates community as a member of the Personnel committee, as an adjunct reader for the Office of Admission, and as a volunteer for various search committees.

With a polite raise of the hand, John has shared his considerable wisdom on curriculum, hiring, research, and disciplinary issues over decades at the College. His genuineness and kindness continue to touch the Bates community to this day.

The College Key is honored to recognize John E. Kelsey with the 2019 Distinguished Service Award for more 40 years of dedication and excellence to the College.