The Sleep Research Society regrets to announce that Peter J. Hauri, PhD, died Thursday, January 31, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Hauri was a native of Switzerland, and was a junior high school science teacher there before coming to the U.S. in 1959. In 1960, Hauri received a bachelor's degree in psychology from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. From 1960 to 1965, he studied psychology at the University of Chicago and completed a thesis on the "Effects of Evening Activity on Early Night Sleep and Dreaming" under the supervision of Dr. Allan Rechtschaffen, to whom he also was an assistant. This was followed by a one-year psychology internship at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute under the supervision of Dr. Rosalind Cartwright. He received a PhD in clinical psychology in 1966.
Until 1988, Dr. Hauri was primarily a college professor of psychology, never employed more than half-time in sleep research. Dr. Hauri worked from 1966 to 1968 as a psychologist at the DeWitt State Hospital in Auburn, Calif. From 1968-1973 he was assistant professor in the sleep laboratory of Dr. R. Hawkins at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. He then moved to Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., where he established a sleep disorders center. In 1988 he became Administrative Director of the Mayo Sleep Disorders Center in Rochester, from which he retired in 2000.
From 1982 - 1984, Hauri also served as executive secretary of the Association for the Psychophysiological Study of Sleep, which is now the Sleep Research Society (SRS). As part of the "Conversations with our Founders" series, the SRS previously recorded a 30-minute video interview with Hauri, which is available for viewing on the SRS website.
Hauri has three children from a previous marriage: Heidi, David and Katrin. He has one son, Matthew, from his second marriage to Dr. Cynthia Cleveland, a psychiatrist in Rochester.