Completing the Circle: A family tradition of giving back

Patricia Likert Pohlman and her father, ISR Founder, Rensis Likert

Patricia Likert Pohlman and her father, ISR Founder, Rensis Likert

Patricia Likert Pohlman has always been proud of her parents and her legacy. As the daughter of Rensis Likert, ISR founder and namesake behind the world-famous Likert Scale, Pohlman grew up at ISR.

Over the years, Pohlman made several gifts to the Rensis Likert Fund in Research in Survey Methodology, established in honor of her father to support dissertation research on cutting edge topics in survey methodology and travel for Ph.D. students in the Program in Survey Methodology. But as she turned 80, Pohlman wanted to find a new way to give to the fund. The answer: she donated her interest in the ongoing royalties from several publications developed by her father.

“Mom’s really excited about it,” said son Bill Pohlman, who facilitated the process. It’s a particular pleasure, he said, for her to see Likert’s ideas still contributing so many decades after ISR’s founding. “This sense of completing the circle is really what’s meaningful. Through the people who are still interested in Rennie’s work, the Institute—which, of course, meant a lot to him—is going to benefit.”