The Mount Bids Farewell to Distinguished Professor of Psychology – Dr. Nicholas Kierniesky

Photo of Dr. Nick Kierniesky
Courtesy of Mount St. Mary’s University

Emmitsburg, Maryland – Nicholas C. Kierniesky, 70, of Gettysburg, PA, died October 16, 2014. He served as professor of psychology at the Mount from 1971 to 2006. Dr. Kierniesky developed the psychology program and served as Chair from 1980 to 2000. He was responsible for the increase in the size and quality of the curriculum, faculty and laboratory space in the Science Building. He introduced the Senior Research Thesis requirement in 1986, and was a leader in the development of computer technology on the campus.

Dr. Kierniesky published in a variety of psychology journals including American Psychologist, Physiology and Behavior, Teaching of Psychology, Journal of General Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, as well as doing at least 24 paper and poster presentations. He served in several national and regional organizations including the National Chair of the Council of Undergraduate Psychology Departments and liaison to the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Diane Kierniesky, and sons David Kierniesky of Gettysburg, PA, and Stephen Kierniesky of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is also survived by a sister, Gloria Kierniesky of Monmouth Junction, New Jersey; a brother, Robert Kierniesky of Vineland, New Jersey; and uncle, Joseph Kierniesky of Millville, New Jersey, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on campus at 10:30 a.m., October 22, in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be made at

Contributions in his memory can be made to the Emmitsburg Osteopathic Primary Care Center, Inc., P.O. Box 1219, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or to Music Gettysburg, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

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