It is with great sadness that we share that one of our Trustees, Dr. Sallie Hildebrandt, died on Monday, March 12th. Dr. Hildebrandt’s contributions to The Trust were significant. During her time on the Board, she served as a member of the Executive Committee and the Nominating Committee. She also served as Chair of the Investment Committee and as Board liaison to The Trust Student and Early Career Psychologist Advisory Committee. We benefited tremendously from her presence on our Board.
But Sallie was more than a member of The Trust Board. She was an influential psychologist who cared deeply about the profession and, most importantly, about psychologists. She was never hesitant to stand for what she believed in, dedicated countless hours to advocacy for the profession, believed in taking on the difficult tasks of leadership (something at which she was very successful and found rewarding), and was the kind of mentor you’d want to have and to be—nurturing, empowering, strong, kind, and intelligent. She possessed a wonderful and sometimes wry sense of humor. Our profession has benefited immeasurably from her leadership, commitment, and talents, and her efforts will continue to have significant impact for years to come.
And Sallie was a wonderful friend. Those same characteristics that she shared with her colleagues and the profession were in abundance with her friends. We’ve benefited from the touch of her friendship.
Let’s not just miss her. Let’s embrace her passions and caring and share the gifts she gave. Edith Wharton said, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” There’s no doubt that Sallie was a candle. And we have benefited from her light. May we be the mirrors of her light.