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Bruce Paul Muller, PhD.

June 21, 1935 ~ March 21, 2018 (age 82)

Bruce Paul Muller, Ph.D., age 82 of Bethel, CT died Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Danbury Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Beth Lynne (Fletcher) Muller.

Dr. Muller was born in Queens, NY, June 21, 1935, son of the late Daniel J. and Hilda (Rafferty) Muller.  He received his B.A. in Psychology from Manhattan College in 1957 and was awarded his doctorate in Psychology from Columbia University in 1961. He went on to complete two postdoctoral fellowships: Adult and Higher Education (Teachers College, Columbia University) and Clinical Behavior Therapy (American Academy of Professional Psychology, The New School) and was a licensed Psychologist in both Connecticut and New York. Dr. and Mrs. Muller moved to Bethel in 1963.

Dr. Muller’s practice in psychological measurement and evaluation spanned three decades, during which he performed psychological screening and appraisals for a variety of corporate entities and public safety agencies, including numerous local police and fire departments in Connecticut. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Muller held several academic appointments including Associate Professor, Southern Connecticut State University, Associate Professor & Department Chair, Psychology, Sacred Heart University, and Assistant Professor Psychology, Manhattan College, where he taught a variety of basic and advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, organizational behavior and statistical methods. He was a popular and effective teacher whose innate ability to make complicated statistical concepts and calculations easily understandable was appreciated by students, including his own daughter who routinely requested and benefited from his tutoring.

Dr. Muller was an avid fan of mysteries, crossword puzzles and Jeopardy. Like all the Mullers, he was an animal lover whose affections were ardently returned by his furry friends, most notably his devoted lap cat, Sir Stashalot.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Muller is survived by his brother Daniel J. Muller, Jr. of Boynton Beach, FL and his daughter, Kathryn Muller, and her husband, John DiMatteo, who reside in Redwood City, CA. He was predeceased by his son, David Bruce Muller and David’s husband, Michael Daniels. Anyone who would listen would hear how proud he was of children.

The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, on Sunday, March 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to: Bethel Visiting Nurse Association at http://www.bethelvna.org/index.html

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