Dale, Laura A(bbott) (1919–1983)
Prominent member of the American Society for Psychical
Research (ASPR) who for 25 years edited the society’s Journal.
Dale was born August 22, 1919, in Cornwall, New York, and attended
private schools in New York City before studying at the
Sorbonne in Paris. Her research included experiments in
dream telepathy and proxy sittings with medium Eileen Garrett.
She was also closely concerned with the medical section of
the society beginning in 1948.
Dale was author or coauthor of a score of papers in the Journal
of the ASPR and collaborated with Gardner Murphy on his
book Challenge of Psychical Research: A Primer of Parapsychology
(1966). She became editor of the society’s Journal in 1941 and
was later appointed research associate and publications editor
for the ASPR. She resigned as editor of the Journal in 1947 to
devote time to her research projects and work as a clinical assistant
at the Department of Psychiatry, Maimonides Hospital,
Brooklyn, New York. She continued to be actively involved in
production of the Journal and the Proceedings.
In 1960, Dale left the ASPR staff for three years when she
moved from New York to a house on Long Island. She became
an editorial associate at University Books in New York, concerned
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search. In 1963 she returned to the ASPR as editor of the Journal
and Proceedings. She was a charter member of the
Parapsychological Association. She died February 2, 1983, on
Long Island, New York. (For a bibliography of her publications,
compiled by Rhea A. White, see the Journal of the ASPR
October 1983.)
Sources:
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York: Paragon
House, 1991.
Dale, Laura A., and Gardner Murphy. Challenge of Psychical
Research: A Primer of Parapsychology. New York: Harper & Row,
1966.
Dale, Laura A., and Rhea A. White. Parapsychology: Sources
of Information. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1973.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York: Helix Press, 1964.