Dr. Sandra (Sandi) S. Meggert
| Feb 06, 2017
In memoriam written by Ann Blake
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. She had been living with her niece in Illinois while undergoing surgery and several bouts of chemotherapy to treat pancreatic cancer. Meggert is survived by her twin brother, Sanford, brother Ed, many nieces and nephews and their children and by admiring colleagues and graduate students.
Both personally and professionally, she was best known for her ease of laughter, enjoyment of play (singing harmony and the arts), a strength-based perspective and love of travel.
Born in Alpena, Michigan, Meggert completed community college in her hometown, then moved west to complete her BA and MA at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and to complete her PhD in counselor psychology/education at Arizona State University.
Her counseling career included consulting, presentations (specifically humor workshops), writing, and teaching. Meggert provided leadership and gave presentations to many professional counseling organizations, including: ACA, WSCA (president), WACES (president), ACES and the European Branch of the American Counseling Association.
Her most-recent faculty position in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (CMHC) at Antioch University Seattle (AUS) spanned from 1995 to her retirement in 2015. Meggert's teaching focused on career counseling, counseling skills, group counseling, professional identity and trauma training. She was instrumental in writing AUS' CACREP application; she consulted with other universities for their CACREP application processes.
Meggert summarized her lifelong appreciation of humor in her 2008 book, Creative Humor at Work: Living the Humor Perspective.
We miss Sandi's warm sociability, finely-honed listening ears, easy smile and her deeply-felt and contagious chuckle.
-- Ned Farley, PhD, Colin Ward PhD, Ann Blake PhD, Katherine Fort PhD, Mariaimeé Gonzalez PhD and Andrew Wood PhD
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Antioch University Seattle