Dr. Barton Whaley (1928-2013)


I was saddened recently to hear of the passing of Dr. Barton Whaley. Dr. Whaley has rightly been called the father of modern deception studies. To this, I would simply add that in my opinion he was the most worthy inheritor to the mantle of the timelessly brilliant Dr. R. V. Jones (1911–1997). I’ve asked before “Where are the Dr. Joneses of our day?” Barton Whaley was the best candidate I’ve yet encountered.
      I had the pleasure of consulting with Dr. Whaley while working on my dissertation. He was both generous and insightful. He encouraged me to pursue the topic of deception, pointed me toward a variety of resources, and reviewed my work. I continued to share my methods and approaches with him over the next couple of years. At one point, he sent me the draft entries for my work from his latest annotated bibliography of deception resources. I was pleased to see that he ranked my dissertation as a four-star effort and my later work as worthy of five stars. It remains one of the highlights of my professional career.
      For those who are interested in learning more about Dr. Whaley and his work, you can find a short obituary here and a longer one here. Stratagem: Deception and Surprise in War is an essential work as is Cheating and Deception, with J. Bowyer Bell.


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