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Mary Reuder Oral History

Identifier: QMP-0005

Scope and Contents

In the first of these two interviews, Dr. Mary Reuder discusses various aspects of her academic career: the importance of being active in one’s academic community as well as outside it, the difficulty of getting academic jobs especially at a time when discrimination against women was common, her view that there is no conflict between religious belief and science as well as the anti-Catholic prejudice she experienced as a young academic in the 1960s.

In the second interview, she discusses the work she did to include and assist students with special needs in the classes she taught, the subtle ways discrimination against women in the academe happened, and some of the challenges of current academic life.


  • 1986-02-26, 1987-11-17



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Biographical / Historical

Dr. Mary Reuder was born in 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and died in 2017 in Shohola, Pennsylvania. She was a psychology professor at Queens College from 1958 to 1986. At Queens College, she held the position of chair of the psychology department and became active in other administrative functions. She was given the William James Award by the New York State Psychological Association. She was a member of the American Psychological Association for more than sixty years and an award from the association was named after her (along with another psychologist) in recognition of her academic and mentoring work.

Sources for this note include obituaries for Dr. Reuder that were posted in 2018 by Amstat News at and by American Psychologist at


1 Digital Files ; Duration: 05:47:31

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This interview is part of the Bette Weidman Papers, which were donated to the Queens College Library in pieces from 2009 to 2019. Permission was granted from interview participants to add this interview to the Queens Memory Project collections.

Related Materials

Dr. Bette Weidman, who interviewed Dr. Reuder in this oral history, was also a faculty member at Queens College and her papers are archived in the collection entitled the Bette Weidman Oral History Papers.

Processing Information

Oral history conducted as part of the Queens Memory Project (, a collaborative program of the Queens Public Library and Queens College to collect stories, images, and other evidence of life in the borough of Queens.


Mary Reuder Oral History
Patricia Reguyal
May 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Special Collections and Archives Repository

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