In Memoriam

  • Dr. William Krieger

    Feb 16, 2017
    Dr. William Krieger, a past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, died Feb. 10 at age 78.
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  • Dr. Paul B. Pedersen

    Feb 7, 2017
    Paul B. Pedersen passed away in Minneapolis on Jan. 11, 2017, surrounded by his wife, Doris Hsio Feng Chang, and his loving family.
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  • Dr. Sandra (Sandi) S. Meggert

    Feb 6, 2017
    After an active life and career as a counselor and university faculty member, Dr. Sandra (Sandi) Meggert died in Illinois in December 2016, shortly before her 75th birthday.
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  • Dr. Garry R. Walz

    Jan 10, 2017
    Garry R. Walz, the 20th president of the American Counseling Association, passed away in December after a battle with cancer. Counselors who worked with Walz throughout his many decades as a leader, researcher and educator in the profession remember him for being both a high-energy visionary and a caring professional who nurtured relationships and new ideas.
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  • Dr. Don C. Locke

    Jun 17, 2016
    Don C. Locke, a longtime counselor educator and leader within the profession, died after a brief illness on June 8 in Asheville, North Carolina. A member of ACA's Governing Council, Locke was the author of several books on multicultural issues in counseling.
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  • Dr. Robert L. “Bob” Gibson

    Jun 17, 2016
    Robert L. “Bob” Gibson, a counseling professor at Indiana University, textbook author and leader and pioneer in the profession, passed away July 23, 2015 at age 95 after a long and illustrious career. In addition to his academic program leadership, Gibson is remembered by colleagues for his quick wit, high energy and strong sense of loyalty.
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  • Dr. Edwin Herr

    May 4, 2016
    Dr. Edwin Herr, the 32nd president of the American Counseling Association, passed away April 23 at age 82. He is being remembered as a giant in the field — a scholar and leader who was an example and mentor to many in the profession.
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  • Dr. Craig Windham

    Mar 2, 2016
    The counseling and journalism professions are mourning the loss of Craig Windham, an American Counseling Association member and National Public Radio (NPR) newscaster who died unexpectedly on Feb. 28. Windham, a licensed clinical professional counselor, was a keynote speaker at ACA’s 2012 Conference & Expo in San Francisco.
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  • Dr. Rose A Cooper

    Dec 14, 2015
    Rose Cooper, a past president of the American Counseling Association and a longtime champion for the profession, died on Dec. 4 after a brief illness. A former school counselor and counselor educator, Cooper was 96 when she passed away at her home in White Plains, New York. She retired only last year from her longtime position as dean at Westchester Community College.
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  • Dr. Yvonne Lee Callaway

    Sep 8, 2015
    Dr. Yvonne Lee Callaway made her transition to glory on August 16, 2015 while vacationing the Atlanta area. She was there to celebrate her 65th birthday. Yvonne was baptized at an early age at the family church, St Paul AME Zion Church of Detroit. Her home was filled with the love of the Lord and reliance on his grace and blessings. Throughout the years she maintained her relationship with God and most recently worshiped at Middlebelt Baptist Church of Inkster, MI.
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  • Dr. Fannie Cooley

    Aug 31, 2015
    Dr. Fannie R. Cooley, Professor Emerita and former head of the Department of Counseling and Student Development, has died. Cooley was also a two-time Tuskegee University alumna and founder of the Huntsville-Decatur Alumni Club. She was also a Distinguished Life Eminent/$1000 Plus Associate. She died Thursday, August 13.
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  • Dr. Jane E. Myers

    Jan 2, 2015
    ACA’s 39th president, Dr. Jane E. Myers, passed away on December 23, 2014. Dr. Myers was a renowned scholar specializing in wellness and gerontological counseling. She served on UNCG’s Counseling and Development faculty for 24 years, with prior teaching service on the counseling faculty of Florida State, Florida, and Ohio University. Her leadership and contributions to Chi Sigma Iota, NBCC, CACREP, ACA, and AADA were immeasurable, leaving a lasting legacy within the counseling profession. She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Dr. Thomas J. Sweeney, as well as her stepchildren, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many colleagues, mentees, and devoted students.
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  • Dr. Joe "Paul" Wittmer

    Sep 24, 2014
    Dr. (Paul) Joe Wittmer was born to the late William and Anna Wittmer in 1937 in Montgomery, Indiana. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sue Torr Wittmer, his three children, Diane Wittmer Thompson and Scott Wittmer from Melrose, Florida and David Wittmer from Bangor, Maine; and four grandchildren, Raechel, Haley, Colby and Torria, two great grandchildren, Daniel and Noah, and his beloved pet, Murphy. He is also survived by his sister, Rosa Graber and three brothers, Amos, Henry and Wilmer, all from Montgomery and Evansville, Indiana. His sister Mary Wagler preceded him in death.
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