Walter B. Pillsbury was born on 21 July 1872 in Burlington, Iowa, and died on 3 June 1960 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His parents were William Henry Harrison Pillsbury, a Methodist minister, and Eliza Crabtree Bowers Pillsbury. Pillsbury was attracted to psychology while a student of H. K. Wolfe at the University of Nebraska, from which he graduated with the BA degree in 1892. In 1893 Pillsbury went to Cornell University to study with Edward Bradford Titchener, who had recently come to Cornell from Wundt's laboratory in Leipzig. When Pillsbury arrived at Cornell, Titchener had not yet made his famous distinction between “structural” and “functional” psychology and the lines of battle among the American psychological systems had not yet formed. Pillsbury was thus trained in an eclectic view; and throughout his career he refused to link himself to one or another of the psychological schools.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.