Henry Saeman, founder and editor of The National Psychologist, the independent newspaper for practitioners, died May 12. Saeman was executive director of the Ohio Psychological Association from 1973 to 1991, where he was the first state association director to be a full-time, paid employee.
Saeman, who emigrated to the U.S. from Germany as a teenager, was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II at the age of 18. When the war ended, Saeman attended Wittenberg University in Ohio, where he received a degree in journalism and worked on the student newspaper. Several years at the Springfield News Sun and the Dayton Daily News honed his journalistic skills before he moved into public relations. It was at that time that he was hired to be the Ohio Psychological Association's executive director and the managing editor of the Ohio Psychologist, their magazine.
When he retired from that position, colleagues urged him to create The National Psychologist, and the first issue was printed in 1991.
In 2002, Saeman became the first non-psychologist elected to the psychology section of the National Academies of Practice, a recognition of the role he played in furthering the practice of psychology.