About Arthur Daniel Kellner
Arthur Daniel Kellner was born in Queens, New York, son of Mathias Kellner and Matilda Hollfelder. His father and his uncle, James Flynn, were tugboat captains for Red Star Towing. Arthur’s father died from tuberculosis when Arthur was only six years old. His mother soon married John Hageman, a New York City police officer in the Harbor Unit. Arthur’s new family included his stepsister, Genevieve Hageman DiPaola, and stepbrother, John Hageman, Jr., all of whom he loved dearly.
Arthur attended Jamaica High School where he was both a scholar and an accomplished cross-country athlete. He graduated when he was only sixteen years old. He worked as a tugboat deckhand with his uncle and often stayed with Uncle Jim and Aunt Marge, whom Arthur described as his “second mother.” He was especially close to his cousin Evelyn Flynn Linder. Although he enjoyed working on the tugboat, his family urged him to pursue his studies and he enrolled in Queens College.
World War II interrupted Arthur’s studies. Although he tried to enlist in the navy when he turned 18, he was rejected because he was blind in one eye from an accident when he was seven. Two months later he was drafted and assigned to an army unit that trained medics. He was quickly promoted to the rank of sergeant.
After the war, Arthur resumed his studies at Queens College, where he met his sweetheart, Rosemae Ebert. They married on June 2, 1951. While working and beginning his family, Arthur pursued his studies, obtaining an M.A. from Fordham University and a Ph.D. in industrial psychology from Case Western Reserve.
Dr. Kellner was employed by International Telephone & Telegraph Corporation for many years as an industrial psychologist involved with the global placement of executives. He was particularly proud to be part of the project to land a man on the moon. In 1964, he presented an academic paper at the First Space Congress, held near Cape Canaveral, where he proposed how to organize personnel for optimal research and development productivity.
After retiring from ITT, he started his own private consulting practice. Throughout his career, he strived for academic professionalism, publishing a number of scholarly articles and taught as an adjunct professor at Fordham University. He was licensed as a psychologist in New York and later in New Jersey, where he was the first specialist in industrial psychology to receive a license.
In 1961, Arthur and Rosemae settled in Roseland, New Jersey to raise their five children. Always interested in maintaining the beauty of this small town, he was a member of Roseland’s Planning Board and was instrumental in requiring the amenities that have since made Roseland’s development of corporate parks a model for so many other communities.
Arthur had numerous hobbies and interests. He enjoyed sailing with his family on Gemini, named for his twins, Susan and Steven. He studied to obtain a Coast Guard captain’s license and was adept at celestial navigation. His passion for the sea led him to write New York Harbor: A Geographical & Historical Survey (McFarland 2006). He played on the varsity basketball team at Queens College and continued to play even after he retired. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, the ukulele, fine stonework and building furniture and toys using his skill as a master carpenter. He loved to build a roaring fire in the fireplace with a fine stone chimney that he built himself as an addition to the house. He also enjoyed extensive travels with Rosemae. A longtime member of Essex Fells Country Club, Arthur was an avid golfer and devoted parishioner of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church for 50 years.
Arthur died peacefully at home after a long illness. He is survived by Rosemae, his wife of 60 years, and five children, Douglas (Elizabeth) of New York City, Gary of Westwood MA, Thomas (Lynne) of South Royalston MA, Susan (Richard Hrabchak) of Princeton NJ and Steven (Anne) of West Windsor NJ, along with 14 grandchildren and a great granddaughter. He is buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, New Jersey.
New York Harbor: A Geographical and Historical Survey (McFarland 2006)
“Personnel and Organization Development in an R&D Matrix Overlay Operation” Proceedings of the First Space Congress (1964) 132-140
“The Use of Interim Measures of Performance and Suppression Variables in Appraising Employee Potential” The Journal of General Psychology Volume 62, Issue 1, January 1960, pages 19-23
“Can ‘Response Set’ be Controlled?” The Journal of General Psychology, Volume 65, Issue 1, July 1961, pages 171-179
“The Evaluation of ASW Team Performance by Measurement of Operator Activities” Department of the Navy Technical Report DA 30-4 (Dunlap & Associates February 1953) (see also reports DA 30-1, 30-2 and 30-3)
“The Effectiveness of Ships' Personnel as Coach-supervisors during Attack Teacher Exercises - The Evaluation of ASW Team Performance byMeasurement of Operator Activities” (Ft. Belvoir Defense Technical Information Center 14 May 1954)
Randall M. Parish and A.D. Kellner, “Target Acquisition in Janus Army” (U.S. Army TRADOC Analysis Command White Sands Missile Range (TRAC-WSMR), White Sands Missile Range, NM October 1992) ____________
1930 census: 161-19 119th Drive, Jamaica, Queens
1940 census: 75-48 180th Street, Flushing, Queens