Outside the Psychology Building, visible from his former office in the Department of Psychology, is a newly planted American beech tree in honour of Alex E. Schwartzman.
In 1976, Schwartzman began his landmark longitudinal research project on the health and well-being of more than 4,000 families from inner-city neighbourhoods in Montreal.
He was instrumental in developing the department’s program in clinical psychology and was a founding member of Concordia’s Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH).
“The tree is a lovely tribute to my father and we’re so very touched by this gesture of friendship and respect,” says his daughter Andrea Schwartzman, from her home in New York. “His time on the Loyola Campus was special to him and we know the idea of enhancing the green space on campus for students and colleagues would be meaningful to him.”
The plaque under Schwartzman’s tree includes the loving message “He was a scholar and a mensch.”
According to one of the donors, “Alex established trust with the families for the Longitudinal Research Project. That foundation of trust is why the project is still thriving today at the CRDH.”