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Florus Phillip Van Eyl was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands. He received his elementary and secondary education in the Hague and two years of university training at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. He served in the United States Army 11th Airborne Division during the Korean Conflict before coming to Hope College to study economics in 1953. At Hope College, he changed his major from economics and received his A.B. degree in psychology (1955), and his M.A. (1958) and Ph.D. (1964) in experimental psychology from the Claremont Graduate School and University Center in California. He became a United States citizen in 1955.

Van Eyl was appointed as an instructor in the two-person psychology department at Hope College in 1959. He later developed Hope’s first psychology laboratory and shepherded the department into its own Shields Cottage and later the Peale Science Center. He also established Hope College’s chapter of Psi Chi, the national psychology honorary society, and the men’s soccer program, which he coached from 1965-1968. Van Eyl also served as chairman of the department from 1964-1970 and 1977-1989. In 1966, he served as the director of the Hope College Summer School.

The collection includes biographical materials, a funeral program for his second wife, Hermina (Mickie) (VanEgmond) Van Eyl, his personnel file (RESTRICTED), photographs, a program and papers read at his retirement in 1993, and a some of his writings dating from 1963 to 1993.


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