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I met Larry Jacoby in 1990 when I was applying to graduate school at McMaster University. We met in his office for two hours, and I remember him explaining, in a very animated way, a set of equations he had been working on to separate the subcomponents underlying recognition memory.  I will admit now that I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about, but figured that if a guy as smart as Larry Jacoby was that excited about a set of ideas that there must be something really important there. Luckily for me, Larry either did not realize how lost I was during that first meeting, or he decided to give me a chance in grad school anyway. At some point over the following 5 years I came to understand exactly what all the excitement was about.
Andy Yonelinas

 Larry saved my fledgling career.  I spent 1990-91 in his lab at McMaster, after failing to be renewed for a second 3-year Assistant Professor term at Williams College.  That year with Larry (which also happened to be Andy Yonelinas's first year and overlapped with Jeff Toth's first postdoc with Larry) was amazing.  The buzz and energy of the brand-new PDP carried us all through a work-hard (and, for me at least, play hard) extravaganza that kept my head spinning in all sorts of ways.  Larry generously fed me research projects (most notably the Stroop PDP line) and coauthoring opportunities, and his letter on my behalf played a central role in me landing a job at the University of Victoria that has brought me great and lasting pleasure.  And Larry's ideas about how the mind work hugely influenced my own thinking.  It would be impossible to overstate my debt to him.  Thank you, Larry, thank you. 
- Steve Lindsay

I spent 1986-1987 in Larry’s lab at McMaster University which was a research machine with Larry generating new ideas at a breakneck pace, Derek Jacoby programming experiments after school, Ann Hollingshead testing participants, and four new grad students and two visitors (Paula Hertel and I) looking for projects.  Larry’s joy in playing with ideas combined with his Conan-the-Barbarian energy was and is a dynamite combination.  I learned so much talking and writing with him over the years. And although he now enjoys the occasional chick-flick after a day of research discussions on his back porch, he keeps the ideas coming.  Thanks for everything, Larry! 
- Colleen Kelley

I worked with Larry in the Department of Psychology at McMaster University.  We were always told that Larry Jacoby was a "big deal" in the World of Psychology, but to me he was always a "Big Teddy Bear"!    I would book his travel arrangements for various conferences and field trips (which was not part of my job), but I enjoyed doing it.  He would just throw me his "Gold Card" and trust me to make the best arrangement possible.  What girl doesn't like a "Gold Card" handed to them? Congratulations Larry!
 - Sally (Thompson) Presutti


...Back in the day (Colleen and I sharing an office during fall 1986 at Mac): there we were, starting work first thing in the morning, and I would barely be awake, and Larry would show up spouting paragraphs of new ideas from having sat on the side of his bed thinking for hours (according to Carole),all the while staring at us intensely, as if to say: I so hope you get what I'm saying, but chances are you don't. And he was right about me. I'd work it out later, more awake, and want to show him that finally I got it, but of course by then there was a new wrinkle. One semester was not enough to start a good collaboration, but it was enough to influence my future thinking about memory and, by extension, to establish the groundwork for decades of my undergraduates to come to see memory as an attributional process.- Paula Hertel


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