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Raymond and Irma Gale World Travel Collection, circa 1948-1992

Biographical Sketch

Raymond F. Gale received his B.A. and M.S. degrees from Illinois State University and his Ed.D in education from Northwestern University. Gale was a professor of humanistic psychology at Ball State University from 1962 until his retirement in 1983. Prior to his faculty appointment, he had served as director of counseling at the same institution's Burris Laboratory, following several years of work as a teacher and school counselor in Illinois public schools. Gale's research and writing focused on the common strivings of people across cultural divisions. Gale published six books on humanistic and developmental psychology.

Irma F. Gale received her Bachelor’s degree from National College of Education, Evanston, Ill., and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Ball State University, where her areas of specialization were English Education, Linguistics, and Elementary Education. Gale taught fifth grade in elementary schools in Hudson, Dixon, and Normal, Ill. and in Westview School in Muncie from 1952 to 1963. She also taught Speech and English at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin from 1955 to 1957 and was Associate professor of English at Ball State University from 1966 until her retirement in 1983.

The Gales loved to travel and spent many years traveling the United States in their RV. Their world travel started in 1969 with a trip to Asia, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe to study unique life styles and linguistic patterns in fifty different socio-cultural settings. Trips that followed included South America, Africa, Greece (1971); Hawaii (1972); Galápagos Islands (1974); Russia (1975); South America (1977) and Alaska (1978). In 1979, the Gales spent five weeks traveling through China, into remote Inner Mongolia and the Gobi Desert.

Gale served as a consultant for psychology and political programs to China and Russia between 1976 and 1984. In August 1982, Gale and his wife were part of a delegation of mental health professionals who visited the People’s Republic of China through People-to-People International Citizen Ambassador Program. During the trip, Irma Gale read a paper in Suzhou on “The Universality of Imagery as a Dimension of Psychological Health and Strategy of Psychotherapy.” The Gales gave programs and workshops about their travels using slides taken during their trips.

Raymond Gale passed away on July 1, 2005. Irma Gale passed away on January 25, 2011.