Marshall Dermer

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Marshall Dermer
Marshall Dermer


Marshall Dermer


Marshall Dermer


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Milwaukee, WI USA
Occupation: Associate Professor of Psychology, Emeritus
Spouse/Partner: Judy Sontz Dermer
Children: Noah Sontz Dermer, 1980
What States have you've lived in other than IL?

Minnesota, Wisconsin

Other Occupation/s:

sofware developer, research assistant, short-oder cook at Walgreens, soda jerk at Lune "EL" Drugs then in Rogers Park, 1355 W Lunt Avenue

Where do you work now?


Where have you worked and/or retired from?

University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, Dept. of Psychology

Have you ever been Self-Employed?


Marriage Date


Did you marry your High School Sweetheart?


Have you been married more than once?


Grand Children:

Jeremy Arthur Dermer, 2017
Esther Beverly Dermer, 2019

Your High School Story:

I am a guest at this site. I had attended the Robert Emmet School through 3rd grade, 1954. Then my mother, a single parent, and I moved to East Rogers Park so my mother could be close to her siblings. It was my father's relatives who had lived in Austin and he had died in 1949. So the move was understandable but my mother had not prepared me for moving. So, I lost most of my childhood friends and have always wondered what had happened to them. So, I registered here although I graduated from Sullivan High School in Rogers Park in 1964.

I have always loved trains. As an adult I had built, with help from our son, a model railroad in the colors of the C&NW. That railroad's tracks, of course, cut across Austin running east/west.

One of my fondest memories, is waving to a locomotive engineer and his waving back. This had happened to me while walking on the side walk just south of the C&NW viaduct at Central and Lake.

For most of my life, silly me had thought this was a rare event, but on Facebook I learned that the C&NW crews regularly waved to folks down below. So nice of them to spread the joy! :-)

What were you in High School?

Other Geek

What Elementary School did you attend?

Robert Emmet, Chicago, Illinois

Your Elementary School Story:

I was raised by a single parent and because she had to earn a living, I was a latchkey child. Consequently, my teachers were significant models for me.

I recall having a Mrs. Hedermann for kindergarten (and a student teacher named "Lucky"), a Mrs. Keating (for music), and a Mrs. Bitterman for homeroom. I assume that my teachers were born in the United States, the children of Irish (Keating, Driscoll), German (Hedermann, Bitterman), and Italian (?) families.

I have fond memories of watching ice skating (I could not afford skates), school carnivals, and lagging pennies or rubber heels in the school yard.

Eventually, as I have noted, we moved to Rogers Park where I attended the Eugene Field School.

Did you go to College?


If Yes, Where and When?

UI-CUD, Navy Pier, Spring 1964; UI-Chicago 64-67; U of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 67-73

Level of Education

Professional Degree beyond Bachelor's PhD in psychology

Did you go to a Technical School?


What have you been up to since you graduated from High School?

Basically I have been a student all my life. I taught and conducted research for 41 years at the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee. I am most proud of my analysis of romantic love. You can find that paper and others at my professional website: .

These days I grow orchids, play the ukulele, exercise daily (though my body is falling apart), and enjoy my wife and our growing family. I have also be struggling writing an essay about the benefits of assuming people do not have free will.

Have you ever been on TV?


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Posted on: Jan 25, 2022 at 7:31 PM

Wishing my birthday twin a very happy birthday and personal new year!

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Posted on: Nov 12, 2021 at 11:46 PM

Hope you had a wonderful day and best wishes for your new personal year! (I would have graduated from Robert Emmet in 1960.)

Feb 08, 2021 at 11:09 PM

Belated very bests birthday wishes from your birthday twin who did mark your birthday on Facebook. May you have a fulfilling personal year and may we all be safe and return to some approximation to the life we had led. Kol Tuv!

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Posted on: Nov 12, 2020 at 12:42 AM

Best wishes to Abby for your birthday and new personal year!

Nov 11, 2019 at 12:02 AM

Best wishes to Abby on her birthday and for her personal year! --Marshall

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Posted on: Nov 11, 2019 at 12:01 AM

Cherylann I was born in January, 1946 and had attended Emmet until about fourth grade. Were you in my class? Here are some class pictures:

Jul 06, 2019 at 8:34 AM

Best birthday wishes to Phyllis! Hope you'll enjoy this classic!

Feb 01, 2019 at 11:42 PM

Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

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Nov 12, 2018 at 2:36 PM

Posted on: Nov 12, 2018 at 2:36 PM

Todd's 40th birthday!!!
Nov 12, 2018 at 2:35 PM

Best birthday wishes to Abby for today and her new year!

Jul 09, 2018 at 11:34 PM

Last week, on WFMT, I was listening to the Midnight Special and heard this hillarious song sung by Audra McDonald. "The Facebook Song" is about some guy who broke your heart and now years later seeks to a FB friend. Here is Audra: and here is the writer: .

Jul 09, 2018 at 11:20 PM

Although I did not graduate from Austin High School, I have beautiful memories of my classmates at Robert Emmet (1951-1954). Check out these photos:

I also have many positive memories of merchants on Madison Street including Carl's, Bunny's, Randall's, the Austin Bowling Lanes, the Austin Theatre, Mesirow's, Steinway's, Schlachetz (drugs), Centrella Food Mart, the Austin Post Office, and Diamond's (bakery). And who could forget receiving a penicillin shot in the rump from Dr. Padnos!

Send me a note if you would like to schmooze about Austin, etc.

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Noah, Judy, & Marshall Dermer 2014
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Jan 29, 2018 at 9:33 AM

Posted on: Jan 29, 2018 at 12:07 AM

Hi Allen,

I see your birthday is coming up and, of course, I offer you best wishes. Also, did you attend the Robert Emmet School? I believe I was a classmate of yours. Check the URL below.

Finally, you may be familiar with this "Beesh nas mos, ha melech Oo zee ya hoo, va ya re Adonai yoshave al kesay . . . "


Nov 12, 2017 at 11:51 AM

Mazel tov Abby! Have a joyous birthday!

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Marshall L Dermer, Graduation from Sullivan High 1964
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Noah, Judy, & Marshall Dermer 2014