Edwin Fleishman

Dr. Edwin A. Fleishman

March 10, 1927 - February 17, 2021
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    Sunday, February 21st, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, February 21st, 2021 2:00pm
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Central Scholarship

6 Park Center Court, Suite 211, Owings Mills, MD 21117


Dr. Edwin A. Fleishman, of Silver Spring, MD, passed away on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife, Pauline Fleishman (nee Utman); sons, Jeffrey B. Fleishman and Alan R. (Tina) Fleishman; brother, Dr. Robert P. (Janet) Fleishman; and grandchildren, Sera Jane and Ariana Fleishman. He was predeceased by his parents, Sera and Harry Fleishman.

Dr. Edwin A. Fleishman was an American psychologist best known Internationally for his work in the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He was born in New York City and grew up in Baltimore. A graduate of Baltimore City College High School in 1943, he completed his Bachelors Degree at Loyola College in just two years in a special course because of World War II at age 18. After a year serving in the United States Navy, he received his Masters Degree in Psychology at the University of Maryland and his PhD Doctorate in 1951 from Ohio State University. He then took a position with the United States Air Force in San Antonio, Texas where he participated in the design of the cockpit in the first Capsule of the Project Mercury Program. He also developed a program to increase the efficiency of motor skills for Air Force pilots.

Beginning In 1957, he was a Professor at Yale University in the Department of Psychology and founded the Human Skills Research Laboratory there. He published a book titled, “Psychology and Human Performance” which helped delineate which exercises were most effective in achieving physical fitness. Dr. Fleishman was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship which allowed him to spend a year in Israel as a visiting professor at the Technion University. He also was invited to be a guest lecturer in England, China, and many other countries. In 1960, he was one of eight invited psychologists to visit the Soviet Union to learn about psychological developments in that country. He arrived just a few weeks after the United States U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was shot down over Russia. He was taken to see the U-2 close up which he described as “a mind-boggling experience ”He became a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at George Mason University in 1986 where he founded the Center for Behavioral and Cognitive Studies.

In addition to several textbooks, Dr. Fleishman was author of more than 250 Journal Articles and Research Reports. But above all, he was a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather, friend. A man of character. A man who loved deeply and was loved deeply in return.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Sunday, February 21st, 2021 at 2 pm . Interment Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery - Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Central Scholarship Bureau, Sera & Harry Fleishman Scholarship Fund, 6 Park Center Court, Suite 211, Owings Mills, MD 21117.
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Rob Rinko and Sarah Coldwell

Posted at 01:22pm
Sarah, Sam, and I send our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Dr Fleishman lived a remarkable life filled with many accomplishments and leaves behind a wonderful family who adored him. When Alan and I became friends in D.C., I had the great privilege of meeting and getting to know Ed and Pauline at their home in Bethesda and spending time with them again years later when they were visiting Alan and Tina in California. I remember how welcoming, kind, and gracious they were and will always cherish those moments filled with great conversation and laughter. Our thoughts are with you.

Cathie Murensky, Bob & Nicole Manard

Posted at 10:11am
Ed was so many things to me. He was my major professor at GMU but also a best friend. We shared many memories working on my degree, but that was really a small part. We had many conversations over lunches, dinners, and SIOP parties, usually about everyday things like travel, food, wine, and art. It was an unexpected and unique friendship. At our wedding, instead of tossing the bouquet, we had a couples dance. Whoever was left standing on the dance floor (based on length of marriage) received my bouquet and a bottle of champagne. Ed and Pauline were the last ones and provided us a great role model. I will hold my memories close and thank both of them for being such an important part of our lives.

Tina Fleishman

Posted at 03:31pm
I really hit the Father-in-Law jackpot! What a gift to have known such a kind, patient, intelligent and caring man. Of course, Dad's many professional accomplishments are to be lauded but I will always carry with me his calm and gentle manner. He was always there when needed with an open heart and mind. He showed us all how to live a life of purpose and to always pursue our passions and interests. I will miss your warm smile, big hugs, and unconditional love. Rest in Peace.

Carol Rothman

Posted at 03:26pm
Dear Pauline, Alan, Jeff, and family,
Courtnie, Hunter, and I are so sorry for your loss, but also celebrate your father's amazing life and legacy. I remember when your parents would come to visit in California and how Pauline and Ed were always so welcoming, supportive, and encouraging when we shared stories together. I will always remember and treasure those moments.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carol, Courtnie, and Hunter Rothman

Phil Schaefer

Posted at 03:04pm
Although it's been a mere 43 years since I last saw Dr. Fleishman, when he attended Alan's (my college roommate) graduation at Duke in 1978, I've always been so impressed by his warmth and brilliance.
My sincerest condolences to the family.

Bruce Bushwick and Lise Levin

Posted at 03:02pm
Dear Pauline, Alan, Jeff, and family,
Lise and I are so sorry for your loss, but also celebrate Ed’s amazing life and legacy with you.
Growing up Bethesda with Alan, I fondly remember visits to your home—how Pauline and Ed were so welcoming and took a genuine interest in my life. They were not just encouraging but I always felt that they, too, were proud of my accomplishments, which meant so much to me.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Joyce and Stan Aronovitch

Posted at 02:57pm
Dear Pauline, Robert, Jeff and Alan& Tina,
We are so sorry about Edwin’s passing. You must feel a
tremendous sense of loss now but we pray that in time you’ll
be able to acknowledge just how blessed you’ve been to have
been loved by such an amazing man . May your memories give you peace.

Philip Schack

Posted at 02:53pm
.Sorry for the loss of such a warm and loving soul who left his mark on so many. May his memory and love comfort you in this time of loss.

Pauline Robinson

Posted at 02:49pm
Al and I are so saddened to learn of Edwin's passing. He was a star in our family and he lived a incredible life. His love of Pauline was evident to all who knew him. May he rest in peace.

Shelley M Abramson

Posted at 02:47pm
Although I only met Ed twice, I feel I knew him well from the wonderful tales shared by his loving son Alan. I am so sad for for your loss.

Shelley Abramson


Posted at 01:30pm
bob and family sorry for your loss
bobby and adrianne


Posted at 05:20pm
My deepest condolences. I'm so glad to have known him.

Sharon & Irvin Caplan

Posted at 09:41pm
Our deepest sympathy on your loss. What an accomplished man.

Judy & Buddy Miller

Posted at 04:30pm
Dear Bob & Janet -
We extend our deepest condolences to you both. We're thinking of you and wish you all the best during this difficult time.

Irvin J. Lustman

Posted at 03:04pm

Irvin J. Lustman
Dear Bob, Janet and Family....So sorry to hear about the loss of your brother...Bob, thanks for sharing some baseball stories with me about your brother.

Elissa Abod

Posted at 02:25pm
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in his love, memories, and legacy. He was a loved and admired gentleman and will be missed.

ivan and rhona rosengarden

Posted at 01:59pm
So sorry for your loss. May you cherish his memories forever.

Baltimore City College Alumni Association

Posted at 11:13am
To all who mourn for
Dr. Edwin A. Fleishman
the Officers and Board of the
Baltimore City College Alumni Association
extend their condolences.

Linda Schwartz

Posted at 10:44am
Bob and Janet
So sorry to learn of your loss. Please accept my condolences.

Ron Israel

Posted at 10:34am
Bob and Janet,
John and I send prayers and condolences on the loss of your brother.
The Fleishman brothers: such an accomplished and brilliant family.

Jandt Schutzman

Posted at 10:20am

Dear Pauline,
It was always a pleasure to be in Ed's company and yours. He was certainly an accomplished man in addition to being down to earth and easy to talk with. My thoughts are with you. I will tell Lil about your loss.

Betsy and Lou Narrow

Posted at 09:39am
Dear Bob and Janet and family, our deepest condolences on the passing of your brother. From reading his obituary, he was a true pioneer and trailblazer and al-round fantastic human being. May all your beautiful memories remain in your hearts always.

Dr. Burt and Linda Finifter

Posted at 08:49am
Bob. Janet and family so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.

Janice Altman

Posted at 08:41am
So sorry for your loss. Edwin was brilliant but I have fond memories of my cousin as a Kind and gentle soul! He will be missed

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

Posted at 12:36pm

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation clergy, lay leaders and members offer their condolences to the family of Dr. Edwin A. Fleishman.  We hope that you are comforted by warm memories and support of family, friends and community.  
May his memory be forever a blessing.

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