One of the country’s leading child psychologists in the early to mid-twentieth century was born and raised in Terre Haute, Ind. Paul A. Witty entered this world July 23, 1898, at 1423 Poplar St. During his years in Terre Haute he matriculated at Wiley High School and then Indiana State Normal, the forerunner of Indiana State University.
Paul continued his education, earning a master’s degree in education from Columbia University. In 1931, he received his PhD from Columbia. Dr. Witty spent his career as a professor of education at Northwestern University. Additionally, Paul helped to establish “The Quiz Kids” radio program. After returning home from World War II, he worked with the television show by the same name.
Dr. Witty’s papers have been preserved in the Northwestern University Archives.
The article about Dr. Witty by Vigo County Historian Mike McCormick appeared in the June 9, 2005, issue of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star. The ad, Wabash Valley Profiles: A series of tributes to hometown people and events that have shaped our history, was sponsored by Terre Haute First Financial Bank.