Alfred J. Marrow

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Alfred J. Marrow
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Born Alfred Josephon Marrow
(1905-03-08)March 8, 1905
New York, New York, U.S.
Died March 3, 1978(1978-03-03) (aged 72)
New York, New York, U.S.
Residence New York, New York
Palm Beach, Florida
Citizenship United States
Alma mater New York University
Columbia University
Known for Industrial Relations
Group Dynamics
Spouse(s) Monette Courod
Awards Kurt Lewin Memorial Award (1964)
Scientific career
Fields Psychologist

Alfred Josephon "Jay" Marrow (March 8, 1905 – March 3, 1978) was an American industrial psychologist, executive, civil rights leader, and philanthropist.

Life and career[edit]

Marrow was born in New York City, New York, the second oldest of six children of Lithuanian Jewish parents Rebecca (née Green) and Dr. Isidore L. Marrow.[1] His siblings were Ruth Kagan, Alfred, Sylvia Cares, Lucille Richman, Blanche Jungreis, and Seymour.

Marrow followed his father in many undertakings, working in the family business, earning his doctorate, and involving himself in philanthropic and educational work. Isidor was a director of the Israel Zion Hospital and a member of the Jewish Education Committee.

His father and mother later purchased land in Long Beach, New York, building a mansion on the northwest corner of Beech Street and Magnolia Boulevard, the site of many family gatherings.

While studying for his master's degree at Columbia University, he married his wife, Russian-born Monette "Monte" Marrow (née Courod). He later received his doctorate from New York University in 1937. Alfred and Monte Marrow had a son, Paul Bennett Marrow, and a daughter, Marjorie Samberg (née Marrow), and five grandchildren, Adam Marrow (inventor of the Vod-Secco), Samantha Tartaglia (née Marrow), Johanna Yaari (née Samberg), Darrow Robles (née Samberg), and actor and comedian Andy Samberg.

Dr. Marrow died of complications from leukemia in New York Hospital. At the time of his death, he split his time between Manhattan and residences in the Palm Beach Towers (Palm Beach, Florida).

Among his numerous books is a noteworthy and highly regarded biography of friend and fellow psychologist Kurt Lewin.

His cousin was biochemist David E. Green. Through him, Marrow was a first cousin, twice removed, of U.S. Senator Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin.[1]

Offices and titles[edit]

Consultantships and Board Memberships


  • Goal Tensions and Recall (1938)
  • Living Without Hate: Scientific Approaches to Human Relations (1951)
  • Making Management Human (1957)
  • Changing Patterns of Prejudice: A New Look at Today's Racial, Religious, and Cultural Tensions (1962)
  • Likrat Nihul Enoshi (Hebrew version of Making Management Human, 1963)
  • Behind the Executive Mask: Greater Managerial Competence Through Deeper Self-Understanding (AMA Management Reports - 1964)
  • Management by Participation: Creating a Climate for Personal and Organizational Development (Jan 1967)
  • The Practical Theorist: The Life and Work of Kurt Lewin (1969)
  • The Failure of Success (1972)
  • Making Waves in Foggy Bottom: How a New and More Scientific Approach Changed the Management System at the State Department (1974)
  • The T-group Experience: An Encounter Among People for Greater Self-Fulfillment (1975)


  • Kallen, Horace M., author; Alfred J. Marrow, editor; What I Believe and Why - Maybe: Essays for the Modern World (1971)


  • Mayoral Citation for activities on behalf of equal opportunities in housing (Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr., New York City, 1958)
  • The Kurt Lewin Memorial Award for outstanding contributions in social psychology (1964)


Other affiliations[edit]


1. The New York Times, August 6, 1964

2. The New York Times, March 4, 1978

3. French Jr., John R. P. (1979). Obituary: Alfred J. Marrow (1905–1978). American Psychologist. Vol. 34 (11), Nov 1979, 1109-1110.

External links[edit]

  • Alfred J. Marrow (Archives of the History of American Psychology - The University of Akron)