In Memoriam

  • Robert L. Smith

    Aug 4, 2021
    Robert L. Smith, the 63rd president of the American Counseling Association, passed away on July 9. A longtime counselor educator, he was instrumental in founding the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC), an ACA division.
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  • Douglas Gross

    Jun 21, 2021
    Doug Gross, a former counselor educator at Arizona State University, ACA Governing Council member and president of the Association for Humanistic Counseling, passed away in May.
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  • Clemmont E. Vontress

    Apr 19, 2021
    Clemmont Vontress devoted his life to deepening the counseling field’s consciousness of the racism that many times emerged in the therapeutic relationship, the profession and the wider society.
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  • Barbara Varenhorst

    Apr 16, 2021
    Barbara Varenhorst, a longtime member of the American Counseling Association and an important contributor to the field of school counseling, passed away in February.
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  • A. Scott McGowan

    Apr 9, 2021
    A. Scott McGowan, an ACA leader who garnered an international, national, regional and local reputation for scholarship and service to the counseling profession, passed away on March 4.
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  • Larry Ashley

    Feb 22, 2021
    Larry Ashley, an ACA Fellow who dedicated more than 45 years of his life to being a researcher, counselor and professor specializing in trauma and addictions, passed away in December.
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  • Betty Knox

    Feb 1, 2021
    ACA Past President Betty Knox is remembered for her compelling leadership, prodigious knowledge and unwavering determination to garnering school counseling a seat at the educational policymaking table.
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  • Sunny Hansen

    Jan 14, 2021
    ACA Past President Sunny Hansen is remembered for her pioneering work on gender issues in career development, as well as decades spent as a counselor educator, mentor and friend to many in the counseling profession.
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  • J. Barry Mascari

    Aug 24, 2020
    J. Barry Mascari, an ACA Fellow, counselor educator and visionary leader in the counseling profession, passed away in May from complications from COVID-19.
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  • Vivian Lee

    May 15, 2020
    Vivian Victoria Lee, a longtime ACA member and wife of ACA Past President Courtland Lee, passed away in May 2020.
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  • Pamela Pagliochini

    Feb 11, 2020
    Pamela Pagliochini, a New York City career development counselor who helped hundreds of clients find their ideal job, passed away in November 2019. Using humor, compassion, and when needed, bluntness, she also helped clients identify destructive patterns and family-of-origin issues that interfered with improving career and quality of life goals.
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  • H. Allan Dye

    Dec 18, 2019
    Herschel Allan (Al) Dye, professor emeritus of Rollins College, passed away Nov. 27 at age 88. In addition to his exemplary contributions in the area of group work in counseling, Al also contributed significantly in the area of supervision.
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  • Dr. Nancymarie Bride

    Aug 16, 2019
    Nancymarie Bride, a former president of the New Jersey Counseling Association and champion for mental health and the counseling profession in New Jersey, passed away this month at the age of 74.
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  • Dr. Bernice Sandler

    Jan 22, 2019
    Gender equity champion Dr. Bernice (Bunny) Sandler -- the "Godmother of Title IX" who held a doctorate in counseling -- passed away in January.
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  • Dr. John Carl Dagley

    Oct 29, 2018
    Longtime ACA member and counselor educator ​John Carl Dagley passed away this month at age 76.
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  • Joseph R. Kandor

    Aug 31, 2018
    Joseph R. Kandor, an ACA Fellow and former professor in the Department of Counselor Education at The College of Brockport, State University of New York, passed away in July.
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  • Janet WindWalker Jones

    May 30, 2018
    Remembering Janet WindWalker Jones, a social justice advocate and active leader in the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, Counselors for Social Justice, the Military and Government Counseling Association (formerly the Military Educators and Counselors Association) and the American Counseling Association.
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  • Dr. Robert H. Shaffer

    Apr 20, 2018
    Almost a year ago, ACA’s first president, Robert H. “Bob” Shaffer, passed away at the age of 101. Shaffer was professor emeritus in the schools of education and business at Indiana University, an institution at which he served for 40 years. A native of Delphi, Indiana, he earned his master’s degree in guidance counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, and his doctorate in higher education from New York University.
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  • Dr. Bruce Shertzer

    Jan 3, 2018
    Bruce Shertzer, ACA's 22nd president (1973-74) and professor emeritus of Purdue University , passed away on Dec. 25, 2017 at age 89.
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  • Dr. Jon Carlson

    Mar 6, 2017
    Jon Carlson, private practice counselor and psychologist, school counselor and school psychologist, film producer, author, journal editor, professor, supervisor, avid runner, wellness fanatic, friend, father and colleague, passed away on February 1 in Madison, Wisconsin.
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