Uphoff, Walter (1913-1998)

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Uphoff, Walter (1913-1998)

Professor of economics who has also written and lectured extensively in the field of parapsychology. He was born February 28, 1913, in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, and studied at the University of Wisconsin (B.S., 1934; Ph.D., 1935). In 1938 he married Mary Jo Weiler, who co-authored some of his writings on parapsychology. He worked in business for many years before joining the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1951. He moved to the University of Colorado in 1961. He retired in 1976 and until his death pursued the interest in psychical research that he developed during his student days.

Uphoff and his wife founded the New Frontiers Center and he served as its president. He was a member of the American Society for Psychical Research, International Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship, and the Society for Psychical Research, London. He was a board member of ESP Research Associates Foundation and a member of the former Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine. One of Uphoff's books concerns the early experiments with Masuaki Kiyota, the metal-bending psychic who later admitted that he had fraudulently accomplished his remarkable PK effects. Uphoff died September 26, 1998.


Uphoff, Walter, and Mary Jo Uphoff. Mind Over Matter: Implications of Masuaki Kiyota's PK Feats with Metal and Film. Oregon, Wis.: New Frontiers Center, 1980.

. New Psychic Frontiers: Your Key to New Worlds. Gerrard's Cross, U.K.: Colin Smyth, 1975.