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Dr. Carroll (Cal) E. Izard

Born October 8, 1923

Dr. Carroll (Cal) E. Izard, of Landenberg, PA, passed away peacefully without pain, in a silence full of beauty on Sunday, February 5, 2017. He was surrounded by love.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Barbara Sinquefield Izard and his grandson Flynn James Izard.

Carroll is survived by his three devoted children: Cal Izard (Karen), Camille Izard Morris (Terry) and E. Ashley Izard. His grandchildren: Connor Izard, Olivia Morris Robie (Kyle), and Alexandra Carroll Morris. His brother Frank Izard, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dr. Izard was a pioneer in human emotions research and was a professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University and for thirty-eight years at the University of Delaware. A kind and humble man, his professional and personal contributions were extraordinary.

Services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in his honor to one of his favorite charities, the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104.


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20 Condolences for Dr. Carroll (Cal) E. Izard

  • Dear Ashley and Family,

    Your dad was truly a wonderful man, kind and compassionate. What a beautiful legacy he has left to you all. May there be comfort in his memory and in his life that lives on in all of you.

    With love and peace,

    Denine Gorniak and Liz Braden

  • I knew of Cal through his scientific work, and he was a giant. I also got to know him a bit personally, and he was such a special person. Everyone in the scientific community who knew him will miss him.

  • Your Father was such a generous and giving individual. When I first met him at Karen and Cal’s wedding both Barbara and Cal not only opened up their house with love but also their hearts. Both your Mother and Father wrote to me and I always enjoyed their most welcome letters. I know they both loved their children and family and cared deeply for one another. They lived meaningful lives and gave so much back to others. It’s always difficult to lose someone you love but we all were blessed to have them in our lives. They touched so many with their kindness. I know this guestbook is for Carroll but somehow it wouldn’t seem right not to include his beloved Barbara in this message. They are together again with Flynn and gaze down upon us from the stars above. Their love will guide you through the dark and tough times and rejoice with you in the good. Remember all the stories and smile at all the memories. Your parents will always live on in you. My love and thoughts are with all of you at this time.

  • I wanted to express my condolences at the loss of your father, Professor Izard. My husband, Hugh who passed away in 2010, did remodeling and construction work for him and always told me what a wonderful man he was. Hugh looked up to him and respected him. While I never had the opportunity to meet him, I did speak to him on the phone when he would call Hugh and you could tell by his conversation that he was a gentleman.

  • I am so sorry to learn of the passing of one of the most influential people in my life. Cal was my professor and undergraduate thesis advisor, but more than that, he was a mentor and an inspiration. As my own career in psychology has progressed, I have often thought of my time in the Human Emotions Lab and the lessons I learned there. I know I am not alone, as I continue to meet former lab members and our stories are always the same. He will always be warmly remembered and deeply missed.

  • Thank you! ❤

  • Thank you Jim!

  • Thank you Jann! ❤

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  • I knew Cal because of my work as Dean of Students at UD. He was an incredible professor and friend. He and I enjoyed many hours on the tennis court over the years. I have tremendous respect for Cal and he will be deeply missed.

  • Thank you!

  • I worked for Dr. Izard back in the 90s. He was a true southern gentleman and a Renaissance man, whose enthusiasm for life and his career was an inspiration. He certainly left his mark on this world. I can only imagine how much you will miss him.

  • Thank you!

  • Cal and Cam and Ashley, I was deeply saddened to read in the Tennessean of your father’s passing. My father, Cecil, had the greatest respect and admiration for his cousin Carroll. Dad loved to talk about visiting and growing up with Cal when they were boys in Mississippi. The photograph that you chose to use in the obituary showed perfectly the family resemblance between Cal and Cecil. It was remarkable. Cecil passed away four years ago, a week short of his 90th birthday. Seeing the resemblance between the two cousins brought a flood of memories back to me about visiting with all the family when I was a child. I know that your grief will be lessened by all of the sincere love expressed by the thousands of friends and students whose lives were touched by your fathers guidance and patient teaching. Please know that the relationship between the two cousins will always live in my memory and that relationship should be shared with all our children and grandchildren.

  • Oh… Thank you so much!!!! ❤

  • The aThe Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark sends its sympathies to the Izard family. Cal was a valued member of our group and Barbara too, in years past. Janet Tovo for the Caring Committee of UUFN.

  • There are no words to express the sadness as well as deep gratitude that I feel as I send my heartfelt condolences to the Izard family. I studied with Dr. Izard from 1986 – 1991 and was so thankful to have maintained professional contact over the years as Cal never lost track of his students. I learned so much from him. My time in the Human Emotions Lab shaped my career and solidified my love of research. I will always admire Dr. Izard’s passion for tackling the BIG questions, his grassroots innovation in a very low-tech age, and most of all his endless energy and work ethic. Cal’s spirit of excellence lives on in so many, and I am forever grateful!

  • I just saw this obituary as I now live in Maryland. I worked for your Dad from the late 80s until 1992. I got to know you Ashley during this time and have many happy memories of you and your Dad. He was a very good person and I know you must feel a great loss.

    Warm wishes for your whole family.


  • I did my undergraduate work at Vanderbilt from 1970 through 1974. I took every class Dr Izard offered. I read two of his books, patterns of emotions, and the face of emotion cover to cover. He held small seminar classes in his home near campus and I had the privilege of participating in one of those.I consider his contributions to to my education absolutely foundational. I have practiced psychology in the greater Nashville area since 1991. I say this from the heart, I could not, or have done it without dr. I z a r d.