Don C. Locke, a longtime counselor educator and leader within the profession, died after a brief illness on June 8 in Asheville, North Carolina. He was 73.
Locke was a professor of counselor education for many years at North Carolina State University. He had also worked as director of diversity and multiculturalism at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, retiring in 2007.
He was a past president of the North Carolina Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and Chi Sigma Iota International. In addition to serving on the ACA Governing Council, Locke also held leadership positions in ACA’s Southern Region Branch, the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision and the Counseling and Human Development Foundation.
For the past five years, Locke served as a member of the Consulting Elders Council of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. He is also an author and co-author of several books on multicultural counseling.
"Don was a mentor to many and truly passionate about counseling, as well as to those who are called to serve in the profession,” says ACA CEO Richard Yep. "Don was a member of the ACA Foundation and served as chairman during a very critical time in ACA's history. I'm not sure what ACA or the ACA Foundation would look like had he not been at the helm when he was on the Foundation board."
Don C. Locke and ACA Past President Don W. Locke both served on ACA Governing Council and were often mixed up. But “ACA’s two Don Lockes” took it in stride, Don W. Locke remembers.
“Both Don C. and I could share numerous stories involving mixed-up hotel reservations, mistaken speaking invitations and incorrect materials,” Don W. Locke wrote in 2011. “… I want to share the utmost personal and professional respect that I have for Don C. I am proud to have been a part of ACA with him. We have been fortunate to become true brothers in our profession … One of my personal goals [as ACA president] is to live up to the expectations that Don C. would have for us as leaders in our association.”
Locke was an active member of his community in retirement, including serving on the board of trustees at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. The college’s library is named for Locke.
Locke is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Marjorie, and his two daughters, Tonya and Regina.
A memorial service was held June 15 in Asheville. Memorial contributions can be made to scholarships established in Don C. Locke’s name at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College or UNC Asheville. [Photo courtesy of A-B Tech Community College]