Ben Wright and family
Ben, Claire, Chris, Andy, Sara in happier times.
Amy Wright in Mrs. Klein
Amy Wright (top left) in "Mrs. Klein" (Off-Broadway, 1995).

Benjamin D. Wright: His Affliction

In the early hours of Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 2001, Ben Wright suffered a stroke in his home in Chicago. He was immediately admitted to the University of Chicago Hospitals for emergency treatment, including removal of a blood clot from his brain. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, Ben had recovered sufficiently to be transferred to the Weiss Memorial Hospital on north side of Chicago. As of December 6th, he was showing only minor signs of his affliction, and starting to find his hospitalization irksome!

His wife, Claire, and children, Amy, Andy, Chris and Sara, are grateful for the many expressions of concern and support they have received. [Claire died on December 30, 2001 of liver cancer.]

Here's a brief Autobiography of Benjamin D. Wright, composed December 18, 1996:

"Benjamin D. Wright is Professor of Education and Psychology at the University of Chicago and Director of the Mesa Psychometric Laboratory. He was born March 30, 1926. He began his scientific work as a physicist at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1947, moving to the University of Chicago Physics Department in 1948. In 1950 he began a seven year study of the child care workers at the University's Orthogenic School. This led to a Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Certificate in Psychoanalytic Child Care (1954) and a University of Chicago Ph.D. in Human Development (1957). His studies of social science measurement, previously limited to factor and regression analysis, took a giant step forward when he met Danish mathematician Georg Rasch in 1960 and worked with him from 1960 until 1974. Since then Dr. Wright has published 150 papers on Rasch measurement; co-authored 12 books, including Best Test Design and Rating Scale Analysis and directed the development of the two most widely used Rasch measurement computer programs, BIGSTEPS and Facets. He has taught annual workshops and courses on Rasch measurement since 1969 and chaired 70 doctoral dissertations on that topic. Many of his students are contemporary leaders in psychometrics."

Report on Benjamin Drake Wright, May 2012

Ben Wright died on October 25, 2015

Benjamin D. Wright: His Affliction Wright B.D. … Rasch Measurement Transactions, 2001, 15:3 p. 833

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