Volume 57, Number 30 April 19, 2010
Fostering his inquisitive intellect, Gene spent a sabbatical year at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London in 1966. This experience helped shape his Neo-Freudian/Rogerian approach to exploring the intrapersonal and unconscious forces at work in the dynamics of persuasion, group communication and interviewing. Rebstock’s international experience also included six years with the Japan Exchange Teachers Program, helping to select candidates to assist Japanese teachers of English, and traveling throughout Japan to evaluate the program. Highly respected for his applied expertise, in tandem with Henry McGuckin, Rebstock conducted communication training seminars and workshops in organizational communication and team building for 25 years for senior members of the Bechtel Group.
A fount of campus history, Rebstock shared vivid accounts of the fractious student/faculty strike lasting from November 1968 to March 1969, and the consequent turmoil, which divided both factions and produced lingering tensions, but also generated innovations in curriculum. Amid this chaotic time, Rebstock maintained his unfailing devotion to students, honoring the strike by meeting with students in private homes, cafes, and sometimes in his car.
- Submitted by Rick Isaacson, associate professor of communication studies
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