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Roger Ellis Millsap

November 18, 1954 — May 7, 2014

Roger Ellis Millsap

Our beloved father and husband, Roger Ellis Millsap, 59, passed away suddenly on May 7, 2014. He was born November 18, 1954 in Olympia, Washington to Max and Lillian (Turner) Millsap. He married his wife Michele Alexis Millsap on July 22, 1995 in St. Georges, Grenada. After finishing high school at Olympia High School (Olympia, WA), Roger continued his education earning a Bachelor of Science from University of Washington (Seattle) in 1977, a Masters in Psychology from the University of California Berkeley in 1980, and a PhD in Statistics and Quantitative Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1983. When he passed away, Roger was a renowned professor at Arizona State University where he taught since 1997. Prior to teaching at ASU, Professor Millsap taught at Baruch College at CUNY from 1984 to 1997. Roger was the author of "Statistical Approaches to Measurement Invariance "and co-editor of the "Sage Handbook of Quantitative Methods in Psychology". He received numerous awards including the Cattell Award (1993) for early career contributions in multivariate experimental psychology, the Tanaka Award (1995, 1999, and 2005) for most outstanding contribution in journaling Multivariate Behavioral Research, and the Herb Eber Award (2001) for outstanding service to the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology. Roger served as President of the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology in 2001, President of the American Psychological Association, Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics) in 2004, President of the Psychometric Society from 2006-2007, Editor for the Multivariate Behavioral Research from 1996-2006 and Editor of Psychometrika from 2007 to the present. Roger had a passion for photography, reading and spending time outdoors. He loved traveling with his family and spending time with his wife and beautiful children. Roger is survived by his wife Michele; children Mason Jamal, Laura Caitlin, Simone Elizabeth and Aiden Patrick; his aunt Norma Gene Taylor (Hammond, LA), Patsy and Gary VandeVenter. (Portland, Oregon) and numerous cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 1800 E. Libra Dr. in Tempe, AZ. Funeral arrangements were made by SereniCare Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona. The family wishes to thank Barrows Neurological Institute, Banner Desert Hospital, and all their relatives and friends who have supported them in Roger's passing.
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