Rina Sircar 

Dr. Rina Sircar, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 6:30 am PST in a San Francisco hospital. She was 80 years old. Rina was one of the first female teachers to bring Buddhadharma to the west, which she did in 1976 at the request of her Guru, the very venerable Taungpula Kabaye Sayadaw of Burma. 

She was a brilliant scholar, practitioner, teacher and healer. Rina was a walking embodiment of loving-kindness and great compassion. She loved everyone and treated all her students as if they were her own children. She was always gentle and kind and never gave up on anyone. Today she gave us her final teaching...on impermanence. 

Vern Haddick (1928-2017) 

Sadly, we share the news that Vern passed away on October 25, in his home in Kensington, California.  He joined the faculty in 1971 and made innumerable contributions at CIIS, including the founding of the first library and writing the first self-study for WASC accreditation.  For nearly a quarter of a century, Vern worked tirelessly training students to become psychotherapists. He supported students, staff, and faculty with his vast resources, immense knowledge, and loving kindness.

With Paul Herman, his partner of over 50 years,  Vern provided a model for a long-term, loving relationship.  Vern was honored with the title "Professor Emeritus" in 1995 upon his retirement from CIIS.

In April 2013, Vern was honored with the CIIS Alumni Award.  He attended the ceremony and shared his affection and gratitude for the CIIS community and enthusiasm for the new developments at CIIS.  At a luncheon after the ceremony, Vern was celebrated by alums who gathered to thank him for his many years of devotion to the community. 
A memorial service celebrating Vern's life is planned for December 2, 2017, at the Cultural Integration Fellowship from 2-4 pm.  All are invited to attend and share remembrances of dear Vern. 

Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton (at 3rd Avenue), San Francisco

For questions call 415-668-1559 or email culturalfellowship@sbcglobal.net.

Joanna Zweig TLR '07

Joanna passed away on August 23, 2017 and was the Senior Project Manager for Moordy's Analytics. She was born in Paterson, New Jersey & grew up near New York City. Joanna also attended University of Pittsburgh where she majored in Math and Music and  holds an M A from San Francisco State University. 

She was passionate about Group Coherence, an energetic shift in a group when its emergence takes place. She researched this topic for her dissertation.   Her articles with Cesar Idrovo can be found by searching for Group Coherence in agilejournal.com.  She and Cesar presented a workshop on Group Coherence at Agile 2009 and sponsored an Agile field track for Q-Con SF 2012. She has co-written (with Priya Marsonia and Cesar Idrovo) two executive reports in the Agile practice for Cutter Institute, published in 2011 and 2013. Joanne also served on the coordinating committee of Bay APLN and Agile Open Northern CA 2008-2013.  

Andrew James Fitzcharles

It is with greatest sadness that we mark the passing of Andrew James Fitzcharles, a long-time colleague, friend and faculty at ACTCM. Andrew died of a heart attack two days ago. This is an extremely difficult time for his wife and son, his mother and family members, colleagues, friends and patients who love him so much. We offer our sincerest condolences to Andrew’s family in this time of loss and grieve for a cherished member of our community.
A memorial for Andrew will be held at Kaiser a Walnut Creek on 5/4 at 1230 pm.  
In light of the unexpected nature of his death, the family's financial circumstances will be impacted and in lieu of flowers or gifts the family is requesting donations be made to a college savings account for his son Ian Fitzcharles. An account has been set up with USAA: Acct number 222000708, Routing number 314074269.                    

Dena Dall-Pickett BAC '99

Dena Dall-Pickett, who graduated in the 1999 Cohort P of CIIS’s BAC program, passed away suddenly on April 5, 2017, surrounded by her family.  After leaving CIIS, Dena spent a full and fulfilling life relocating from San Francisco to Kansas, getting married, raising four children, earning her MBA, and working in the health and natural foods industry.  Dena brought compassion, empathy and humor to her role as a proudly-Blue person in a Red state.  She never ceased wondering and learning, and brought a sense of delight to each new idea and person she encountered.  So many people will miss Dena, now that she speeding around in Paradise in a convertible, hair flying free!

Ian Grand
It is with great sadness that we announce that Professor Emeritus, Ian Grand has passed away from a long illness.  Professor Emeritus, Ian J. Grand, Ph.D., worked in the Somatic Psychology program at CIIS and was Co-Director of the program’s Center for the Study of the Body in Psychotherapy. He received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and his Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Psychology from the Union Institute.

Dr. Grand’s research interests span several areas of inquiry: He was interested in life-span development and wrote extensively about influences of media, schooling, spiritual practice, and work on personality and social embodiment. He wrote about issues of gender, ethnicity, and the polycultural as well as social and individual creativity, collaboration, and education. He focused upon somatic psychology practices, looking at convergences between psychodynamic theory, socio-cultural understandings and somatic psychotherapy approaches. He was Director of the Social Physiology Institute in Berkeley, California.

Dr. Grand was Co-Editor of "The Body in Psychotherapy: Studies in the life of the Body, A Beginner’s Palette of Somatic Psychotherapy, and Qualities and Configurations." He presented at conferences and published widely and served as Editor of the Journal of Somatic Psychotherapy. Ian was also on the editorial board of the journal East West Affairs. He has served as Program Chair of the Somatic Psychology and Integral Health programs at CIIS and was co-founder of its Transformative Inquiry Program. He was Director of the Experimental College at San Francisco State University where he also founded and directed the school’s Center for Environmental Education and the Center for Educational Alternatives.

He was a musician, painter, and bibliophile.  For more information regarding the life of Ian Grand, check our website.

Murray Korngold
Murray Korngold, a pioneer in clinical psychology, died at his San Francisco home on January 16 at the age of 97. Korngold was a seeker and activist who fought injustice, studied voraciously, and explored consciousness and healing. Murray’s friends were culture-makers like Marlon Brando, R.D. Laing, Aldous Huxley, Huey Newton, Doris Lessing, Gene Kelly, Ida Rolf, Fritz Perls, Arthur Janov, Bob Hoffman, Rupert Sheldrake, Ruben ‘Jitu’ Williams, Peter Coyote, and Geoff Hoyle. 

Born in Krakow, Poland in 1920, Korngold’s family settled in Detroit in 1922. He earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology at UCLA in 1953. In 1958, Korngold lobbied the California Legislature to license clinical psychologists. In 1976, Korngold was amongst the first acupuncturists to be licensed in California. 

A memorial will be held on Sunday February 19, 2017 from 2 PM to 5 PM at Amado’s Theatre Space, 998 Valencia Street, San Francisco.                                        

Rowena Patee Kryder 

Rowena passed on after a long and valiant struggle with illness on October 11, 2014. She was in Reno, Nevada, her recent home. She worked tirelessly as an artist, teacher, thinker, visionary, feminist, mother, sister and daughter. Her work and her spirit will continue to provoke creativity in all those who come into contact with it. There was a retrospective exhibition of her art in Pennsylvania, organized by her close student and friend Gayle Dulcey and other friends. Rowena was extremely pleased to see pieces from her earliest years to her most recent creations on display in one place.
Rowena remained determined until the end to ensure that her vision and work-expressed through countless works of art, books, articles, and cards-will continue to inspire.
She is survived by her sons Miles and Charlie, and their spouses Deepti and Vaughan, as well as her brothers Dick and Mark, their spouses Karen and Sandy, and the granddaughter Vishaala.

Sevin Philips ICP '05
Sevin  passed away suddenly Saturday morning, January 7, 2017. He left behind a loving wife and CIIS Alumna - Courtney Collier,  a beautiful son- Daxton, his parents, his sister and two beautiful nieces. He touched so many people that loved and admired him for what a beautiful person he was. Sevin had a thriving private practice in San Francisco and was an expert source on counseling that dealt with relationship and marriage issues.

Travis Hough EXA '15

It is with deep sorrow that I am writing to let you know that one of our CIIS alumni, Travis Hough, was among the people who lost their lives in the horrific fire on Friday night.  

Travis graduated from CIIS in August 2015 with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy.  He has been described as a tender hearted, talented, and creative man—a future leader in Expressive Arts who served the children of the East Bay community. And was an ally to all marginalized communities.  His friends and colleagues are reeling from the loss.  Travis’ partner, Louisa LeMauviel, is also an Expressive Arts graduate. 

If you wish to send cards or letters to Louisa, please drop them by the Expressive Arts office on the sixth floor.

EXA alums are working with Shoshana Simons and the CIIS Alumni office on a memorial service for Travis. Alum Emilio Juri-Martinez is assisting Richard with a commemoration for Travis at CIIS. Please contact Emilio at Ejuri10@gmail.com or 415-852-2648 if you wish to participate.  

Our CIIS Counseling Centers are organizing to help our community and members of the public who have been affected by this tragedy.  All CIIS clinics are able to offer some counseling services at no charge, based on space available, some of them are offering up to three free counseling sessions for grief and loss support to those calling and identifying this need.  A future update will include more information. 

At the CIIS Wellness Center, Counseling Services staff and Student Affairs staff are available to support students affected by this tragedy. Counseling Services will hold drop-in hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:30am to 12:30pm in room 305. In addition, students are encouraged to contact our counselors for individual sessions, which includes availability for this week.  To contact Counseling Services for general information or scheduling an individual session, please email counseling@ciis.edu.  

This is a very sad moment for our CIIS community, the community of artists and musicians, and the wider Bay Area. I am confident that we will all come together to support all who are mourning. 

David Townes ODT Cer '95 / SCA '09 

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that our alum and former CIIS staff member has passed away peacefully at Johnston-Willis Hospital, in Richmond, Virginia, with family by his side on March 30, 2016.  David had just moved from San Francisco, California to Petersburg, Virginia to be closer to his aging mother, who lives in Neptune, and family. He was the second oldest of four children and friends and family will always remember David as a devoted and loving son and brother.

David attended Belmar Elementary and Asbury Park High Schools. He received his Secondary School Equivalency Diploma from The Department of Education in Montpelier, Vermont. He completed undergraduate school at The School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont with a degree in International Studies. Later in life, he came to CIIS to learn, work, and make countless friends along the way.

David spent his teen and early adult life in Israel; living on numerous kibbutzim, became fluent in Hebrew and was a volunteer to the Israeli Army. He lived briefly in Tel Aviv, where he met his wife, Michal Huber, just before returning to the United States. Upon his return to his native country, David joined and served in the U.S. Army for three years as a member of the Military Police stationed at Fort Monmouth. Following his stint in the armed forces, David moved to Vermont where he met his second wife, Patricia Erwin. He lived, worked and attended school in Vermont for eight years. Following his divorce from Patricia, David moved to San Francisco where he joined the California Institute of Integral Studies as a student and later became employed as a Senior Admissions Counselor. It was in San Francisco that he met and married Marci Karr.

Throughout David’s constant “free spirited” moving he retained his love of books and animals. He was the proud owner of a number of dogs, including a huge St. Bernard whom he named Thor. However, his most recent and most affectionate love was for his British Shorthair cat, Shaun.

Consistent with his beliefs and his family’s wishes, David is an organ donor through LifeNet Health, of Virginia Beach, Virginia and gifted three organs.  A “Celebration of Life” ceremony was held on his 63rd birthday, April 10, at noon at the Brew Haus Brewery, 801 Main Street, Belmar. Thea Dahlberg assisted as the “Life Cycle Celebrant.” Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to W.J. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., Petersburg, Virginia.

David is survived by his mother, Doris E. [Townes] McKethan, stepmother Mildred M. [Johnson] Townes, brother William Michael Townes and wife, Kimberly A [Lucas] Townes, older sister Dr. Judith E. [Townes] Herzberg and husband Dr. Bruce Herzberg, younger sister Susan A. Townes and husband Malcolm West, and niece Alex Townes West, nephew Peter J White and wife Britney [Seward] White, great niece Rhyanna, great nephew Ari, niece Danielle White and husband David Segal, and former wives, Michal Huber, Patricia Erwin and Marci Karr. He was preceded in death by his father, William David Townes, uncle, Charles H. Townes, M.D., aunt, Grayce M. Townes and nephew, Billy M. White.

As a cancer survivor and lover of animals, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to any local branch of the American Cancer Society or “Livestrong” organization or a local animal protection organization.

Candice Chase EWP '01
We were just alerted that on July 17, 2014 our beloved former staff and alumna passed away in Essex, CT.  She lived many places and as an administrator for the Audubon Society, Candice had the opportunity to travel the world.  She lived in many places:  Hawaii, Connecticut, New York, Maine, and her beautiful California.  She not only practiced Buddhism, Candice practiced loving kindness to all.  Memorial donations may be made to the Audubon Society and The Oncology Center of Middlesex Hospital.


Eva Leveton

It is with great sadness that I share with you that Eva Leveton, who taught for many years at CIIS - most of which were as core faculty and adjunct faculty in the Drama Therapy Program, died last Saturday.  Eva was a brilliant and independent thinker; an amazingly talented psychodramatist and family therapist; an inspiring teacher and mentor; and a beautiful, kind, loving person. She had a glowing presence - both forceful and gentle, and being around her was never dull.  Eva is the author of several books on psychodrama, family therapy, and adolescent therapy, as well as of a memoir.  She was surrounded by her family when she passed.  

Rosanne Maria Johnson EXA, '15  

Rosanne passed away on Tuesday, March 17,2015 after an extended illness.  She was not only once a student at CIIS, she also worked in the Development Office as our Grant Writer.  She leaves behind her husband Jim and her daughter, Sophia.  The memorial service was held on Friday, March 27, 2015.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Women's Cancer Resource Center at www.wcrc.org.

Shirley Oxidine

-- Shirley A. Oxidine, age 66, died Wednesday evening, November 19, 2014, at home under hospice care after more than a year-long struggle with ALS.  

She was born June 22, 1948, in San Francisco, CA, raised in San Diego, and was educated at San Francisco State, Notre Dame de Namur University, and the California Institute for Integral Studies, earning her Psy.D. in 2001. Immediately following receipt of her degree she moved to Vermont with her spouse, Annie Dolber, to be near Annie’s mother in her final years.

Shirley was a psychologist with a private practice in Middlebury, VT; she also worked in various mental-health clinics in the state, as a mental-health assessor for the State of Vermont, as a counselor in a Rutland nursing home, and as an adjunct professor at Burlington College.  In June 2013, she and Annie moved to Astoria to be in the same time zone as their children.  She opened a private practice in their home and after being diagnosed with ALS worked until she could no longer speak by January 2014.  

An avid musician, Shirley played viola in the Amateur Musicians Orchestra of South Burlington. She loved reading and discussing books, especially with a book group in the Middlebury area, playing cards, hiking, knitting and fabric arts, and writing.  She was a student of comparative religion and a practicing Buddhist, attending the Vermont Zen Center, as well as an Episcopalian. She was devoted to her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her spouse, Annie Dolber, her brother, Bill Oxidine of San Diego, CA, her children [and grandchildren], Jason Ames [Hailey] of Fernley, NV, Lori Nolan [Deklyn] of San Diego, Kevin Ames [Ethan and Evan] of San Diego, Brenda Fontana [Darienne, Jillienne, and Jeffrey] of Chandler, AZ, Brian Ames [Angel and Santino] of Petaluma, CA, and Karen Ames of Santa Clara, CA, and her stepdaughter Katherine Sultan of Seattle, WA.

Memorial services will be held in Astoria and Palo Alto, CA.  Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the ALS Association, OR and SW WA Chapter, 700 NE Multnomah St., Portland, OR  97232.


Michael Kahn 

Our beloved colleague Michael Kahn died on Wednesday, July 9 at about 5 pm. Michael was a truly beautiful person and an inspiration to so many of us. The ICP celebration last spring brought him back to CIIS to hear tributes from colleagues and alumni.

Michael Kahn retired from CIIS at the end of 2007. He first joined IIS in 1988 as Director of the Integral Counseling Center; in 1993 he also became a member of the faculty. Michael was a gifted teacher, committed to helping students discover themselves as they learned to become therapists. His publications include Between Therapist and Client (Holt, 1997 revised), The Tao of Conversation (New Harbinger Publishing, 1996) and Basic Freud (Basic Books, 2002).

In his last days, Michael was able to say goodbye to the people closest to him. He told his wife Virginia that he wanted a simple memorial service in the Quaker tradition to be held at their house.

 James Hughson (SOM, '98) 

CIIS was notified that SOM alumnus, James Hughson passed away December 2012 in Healdsburg, CA. Jim's family did not share more information.  May he rest in peace. 


Chris Phelps PCC, '01 / SOM, '06

Chris Phelps crossed the threshold early this morning, Jan 19, 2013.  Chris was diagnosed with colon cancer in September of 2011 and it had been in many ways a true battle, not only with the disease but with the possibility of dying.  It was not until literally the last weeks of his life that he was able to fully look death in the face and acknowledge it at his door.  It was not until his last days that he made that peace with death which enabled him to cross over with grace.  Chris was one of the most vital, vivacious, and alive people I have ever known.  It was very difficult for him to let go of this life that he loved so much, and all of the earthly natural places that he spent so much time in....running the rivers and trekking the canyons of the southwest, venturing into the high Sierras and Cascades in the dead of winter, riding his bike through mud and rainstorms in Wildcat Canyon, and taking beautiful pictures of all of this with his photographers eye.  It is particularly difficult for me to see one so alive and vital wither away at such a ripe age, so close to my own.  It is the closest approach that death has made in my life.

Like so many of us, PCC and CIIS was such a core part of Chris’s life and journey.  He joined PCC in the Fall of 1998, spent a lot of time with Stephen Goodman in ACS, and graduated from PCC in 2001.  Like many of Stephen’s students, Chris continued to study with him after his graduation, and this left a deep mark on Chris.  After much soul-searching with what he wanted to do with the rest of his life, Chris went back to CIIS in 2003 to study in the Somatic Psychology program with a desire to contribute to the healing and wholeness of the world through the body and an embodied approach.  After leading such a meandering -- in many ways classic beatnik – life, it was archetypally ironic that literally the same week that he landed his first ‘real’ full-time job as a therapist he had the first indications of his cancer.

It was this classic beatnik that I first met 14 years ago (to the week) at a new student orientation circle in the main hall.  Those of you who knew Chris (and me) can imagine what it would have been like for someone like me, having achieved escape velocity from my corporate black hole, and having (somewhat) cautiously enrolled in CIIS (with its dancing shiva sri yantra logos and symbolism) to meet Chris, fresh from the mountains in his Chaco sandals, threadbare ripped clothing, long pony-tail, and ‘love thy brother let’s make community and get down and dirty into the nitty gritty of deeply living and loving together’ attitude.  Little did I know that three years later we would be doing just that…living together and doing the nitty gritty.  We have journeyed together ever since.

Chris always wanted to live in truth, love, and embodied beingness.  His tenacious dialogical seeking and exploring of truth often exasperated his friends.  I have an image of how Socrates might have similarly rubbed those not of the same persuasion in his day.  On the embodiment side, Chris lived deeply in his body and nature, became a masseur and somatics counselor, and – as all of his friends can testify – gave the longest, deepest, best hugs around.  But ultimately Chris will be remembered as a lover – of all of the above and of all of his friends, family, and community.  We held a celebration for Chris two weeks before his passing and the love in the room of the 32 people who were there for Chris was thick and palpable.  The number and quality of people who Chris touched and who fell in love with him is remarkable.  He will be remembered for many things but, for me, above all, he will be remembered for the depth, fierceness, and beauty of his love – for his friends, for the natural places, for the world, and for this amazing life.

He will be dearly missed.  Blessings and safe passage my friend.

With love and in service,
John Azzizzi (PCC ’01)

 Paul Schwartz

This past on  January 5, 2013. Paul A. Schwartz, PhD, a former CIIS faculty member who taught from 1981-1996 in what was then known as Philosophy and Consciousness Program, passed away after a long and debilitating illness. He is survived by his life companion, Robert Hopcke. During his time at CIIS, Paul became associate professor and for some time served as chair of the department.

Paul earned a doctorate in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in 1995 where he served as Project Director of the Center for the Study of New Religious Movements. Formerly a Franciscan, he did his graduate and research work with both Jacob Needleman and Robert Bellah. His dissertation, Religion at Risk: Death and the Sacred in AIDS Community, focused on spiritual transformations of people who were dying of HIV/AIDs in San Francisco.

In 2006, together with his life-long partner Robert Hopcke, he published Little Flowers of Francis of Assisi: A New Translation. He also collaborated with Paul Lachance on the following translations:

· First encounter with Francis of Assisi / by Damien Vorreux<http://grace.gtu.edu/search~S0?/Xpaul+schwartz&SORT=DZ/Xpaul+schwartz&SORT=DZ&SUBKEY=paul schwartz/1,25,25,B/frameset&FF=Xpaul+schwartz&SORT=DZ&3,3,>, 1979

· The people of God in the night / by Eloi Leclerc, 1979

· Song of Dawn / by Eloi Leclerc, 1977

· The Birth of a Movement : A Study of the First rule of St. Francis / by David Flood and Thaddée Matura, 1979

· The Crisis of Religious Life/ by Thaddee Matura, 1973

A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 12, 1:30 pm at Newman Hall, located at Dwight and College Avenue in Berkeley.




Paul Herman, Founder of the ICP Program

Dear CIIS Community,

I regret to inform you that on Friday, November 2, Paul Herman, a leading co-founder of CIIS, peacefully passed away. At this moment, a memorial service is scheduled for Suday, February 3, 2013 at the Cultural Integration Fellowship in San Francisco, CA.


Bahman Shirazi provided the following  summary of Paul’s extraordinary contributions. Following Bahman’s summary, I have inserted an excerpt from a paper I presented at the Transpersonal Psychology Conference in Moscow in 2010.

Bahman’s summary:

In the early 1970s, Dr. Chaudhuri taught classes on integral psychology after recognizing the need for a connection between psychological and spiritual development. He especially saw the need for psychological healing and growth as the foundation for integral self-unfoldment and self-realization. On this basis he asked Paul Herman to envision a curriculum for integral counseling and psychotherapy with direct practical application.

Paul first met Dr. Chaudhuri in the mid-late 1960s during the last years of the American Academy of Asian Studies. Dr. Chaudhuri asked Paul to teach courses for the academy, and later in 1969, a year after the founding of CIAS, Paul joined the faculty of CIAS and continued as the director of ICP until retirement in 1994. In 1972 Paul developed a curriculum prospectus for the program to begin in the Fall of 1973 as the first independent program at California Institute of Asian Studies (former name of CIIS).

In addition, he directed the counseling centers in the initial years.

Along with his surviving partner, Vern Haddick, Paul was honored as Professor Emeritus at the 1995 Commencement ceremony.

Excerpt from my paper:

Paul Herman    

Dr. Chaudhuri and Paul Herman, a professor of comparative psychology who began teaching at the Academy in 1970, developed a theory of integral counseling psychology by integrating Sri Aurobindo’s psycho-spiritual perspective and method into the emerging academic discipline of counseling psychology. This pioneering approach of connecting what Chaudhuri considered the “best in the East with the best in the West” framed the rationale and the model for a transpersonal psychology program at CIIS. Brendan Collins, CIIS professor and student of Dr. Chaudhuri, notes that Dr. Chaudhuri often said that he thought that spirituality would return to the West not through philosophy or religion, but through psychology. Unfortunately, Dr. Chaudhuri’s formulation of integral counseling psychology was cut short by his untimely death in 1975; however, the initiative was completed by Paul Herman.

In the CIIS archives, we have access to many primary materials regarding Paul Herman’s design of the first degree program in transpersonal psychology in the United States. In 1973, Prof. Herman proposed to Dr. Chaudhuri that CIIS offer an “Integral Counseling Psychology” degree that would be clinically professional, state credentialed, and theoretically innovative. Prof. Herman argued for a program

that would prepare students  for employment in various counseling sub-specialties, such as developmental, vocational, rehabilitation, mental health, marriage and family, and transpersonal and yoga counseling. The degree programs are to be designed to fulfill the suggested education and training standards of professional counseling and psychological associations, both state and national, and to profit by the close collaboration of specialty groups in humanistic and transpersonal psychology as well as those concerned with innovations in parapsychology and healing (CIIS Archives).

The Integral Counseling Psychology degree was launched in September 1976. In his announcement, Prof. Herman stated that the degree had been conceived “according to the integral view of the late Haridas Chaudhuri” drawing upon the “the major spiritual traditions of East and West, recent cultural and social science research, and the writings of leading humanistic and transpersonal psychologists” (CIIS Archives). Writing ten years later, Prof. Herman remained faithful to the founding vision and theoretical assumptions of the program. In a paper he published in 1983, Herman defined Integral Psychology as an emergent East-West study of the human psyche.

It draws upon the findings of both Western depth psychology, and ancient Eastern teachings and yogas, to express a whole, unfragmented view of human nature which does not remain merely theoretical, but also functions to resolve human conflicts and open the way toward activating high levels of potential. … it includes the whole range from protohuman awareness to expansive transcendent experience (1983:95)

In that same paper, Herman credited both Sri Aurobindo and Dr. Chaudhuri for inspiring the vision of this academic program, thereby affirming the distinctive Eastern lineage of CIIS.  Moreover, he echoed Louis Gainsborough’s anticipation that the American Academy of Asian Studies would be a catalyst for world peace:

Integral psychology, as a science of the psyche or soul, concerns itself with whole potential of human consciousness. Thus it looks forward to a full transformation of the manifest cosmos, including humankind, in the evolutionary future. All human beings may assist in cosmic evolution, as well as help resolve personal, social, national, and international conflicts, by centering consciousness at the innermost core of the being until its guidance and energy are activated (1983:01)

By insisting at the outset that the program would only accept and graduate students who could demonstrate competence in both the classroom and the counseling center, Prof. Herman assured that the program would meet the standards of WASC regional accreditation. By carefully grounding the program in the requirements of an accredited program in counseling psychology and then integrating Eastern perspectives into the program, Prof Herman assured the long term viability of the program. Moreover, its history provides an example for colleges and universities intending to develop an accredited program in transpersonal psychology.   

As I meet alumni who studied with Professor Herman, I am always impressed by the high regard they have for him as a transformational teacher and mentor. Through his many students and their commitment to the field he pioneered, Paul Herman will always have a vital presence.

Sincerely, Joe

Joseph L. Subbiondo       


     Amara Glorioso Brown, EXA, '01

Amara Glorioso Brown, wife of Rev. David Brown of Wayfarers Chapel, transitioned peacefully into the spiritual world on August 7, 2012. She is survived by her loving husband, their two children Mikayla and Kai, and her family.  As a Psychotherapist who worked many years helping to improve the lives of severely emotionally disturbed inner-city youth in San Francisco and most recently with individuals here in the South Bay in private practice, Amara lived a life of service and of helping others.


Karen Trueheart, ICP, '00

Born March 10, 1945, to Marcia (nee Randall) and Mark Ellingson. Died September 2. Predeceased by her parents, and her sister, Laura Ellingson Chapman. Survived by her husband, Harry Trueheart, son Eric Trueheart of Los Angeles, daughter Kathryn Trueheart of Park City Utah, brother Jon Ellingson and wife Kathy of Missoula Montana, sister Louise Ellingson of Branson, Missouri, and brother and sister in law Drs. John and Pamela Burch of Pittsford, NY.

Karen was married to Harry Trueheart in June 1965 and returned from Cambridge Massachusetts to Rochester when Harry joined Nixon Hargrave Devans and Doyle, now Nixon Peabody LLP, where, in time, he served as Chairman and CEO from 1994 to 2008.

Karen and Harry had two children, Eric, a screenwriter in Los Angeles, and Kathryn, a Physician Assistant and acupuncturist at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Karen's father was president of the Rochester Institute of Technology from 1936 to 1969. Her grandfather, John Randall, served as RIT president from 1922 to 1936. Karen was a member of RIT's Women's Council. Her husband serves as a member of the RIT Board of Trustees.

Karen had degrees from the University of Vermont, Boston University and the California Institute of Integral Studies.

A fine athlete, Karen was a teaching tennis professional and the President of the Ski Valley ski area. An accomplished horsewoman, and an excellent trainer of dogs, Karen loved animals and seemed to have an intuitive understanding of them.

Integrating the wisdom of the world's spiritual traditions with modern science, Karen became a widely loved teacher and counselor. Karen served on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies and became Director of the Spiritual Emergence Network. More recently, she was an East-West spiritual teacher and counselor for Christ Episcopal Church in Pittsford, New York. She also taught at the Center for Spirituality and Psychotherapy in New York City.

She was Board Chair of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence at the University of Rochester and the Founder of Heartprints for Humanity, organizations dedicated to using compassionate and pragmatic means to create a more harmonious world. Karen also served on the Boards of United Neighborhood Centers of Greater Rochester, a project of the United Way; and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Karen and her husband Harry were summer residents of Blue Hill Maine. She quickly became a beloved member of the community and was one of the guiding lights of the first Downeast Spiritual Life Conference. She served on the steering committee for the conference and was scheduled to be a workshop presenter until the cancer she had been fighting returned.

At the time of her death, Karen was working with writer Victoria Harris on a book titled Dancing With Uncertainty and had completed a CD of her teachings and guided meditations.

Over the years, Karen's perceptive and wise counsel earned her the gratitude not only of family and friends, but countless others who will miss her very much.

There will be a celebration of Karen's life on Saturday September 15, 2012 at 11am in the Panara Theater at Rochester Institute of Technology. A reception will follow in the Dyer Arts Center at 12 Noon. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in remembrance of Karen may be made to the M K Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence (www.gandhiinstitute.org ); Rochester Institute of Technology Ellingson Scholarship Fund, or Christ Episcopal Church, Pittsford, NY.


Janetta Finn , PCC, '07

Janetta Finn ( aka Dhyaanavati Ananda) died of a brain tumor.  She passed away peacefully and with no pain.  Janetta did many things as a woman, She Cofounded Anima, an organization dedicated to helping abused women.  She counseled children traumatized by the war in yugoslavia.  She taught Serbian-Croatian language for the US overnment, but when NATO dropped bombs in Montenegrao, her homeland, - she quit that job.  She counseled disturbed adults for a non-profit NGO.  Janetta was a generous woman and found ways to help others.  World religion and conciousness were her main interests.  She also wrote much poetry in both English and Serbian.

She traveled extensively.  In Mexico- visiting many archeological sites including the great pyramid Teotihuacan.  She traveled through much of India [she could read and write the ancient language Sanskrit] - and lived in Bangalore, Karnataka and Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu.  In  2008-09 she visited Tibet and Nepal alone.  She also visited Kedarnath, 3581 m elevation, making it the highest temple in the world-- and, Lake Manosavar  4556m, the highest lake in the owrld, considered a sacred place by Hindus.  Last year, she visited Peru to visit the ruins at Machu Picchu and the Uro natives living on the "floating islands" of Lake Titicaca, and Chile and Argentina.

"Janca" Left her body to scientific research, and what was not used was cremated, and scattered in the Ganges River.  Janetta Touched us all.  She taught us to see humanity as one gib family- she had friends in Europe, India, Africa, even in prison. 

Charlotte Whittaker Lewis, ICP, '84 & CLN, '92

Charlotte Ann Whitaker Lewis passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. Charlotte was an accomplished therapist, teacher, healer and mother to two extraordinary children -- Jared and Jessica. Charlotte was committed to her practice, her profession, her students and most importantly to her family.

Charlotte wore many hats and was certainly multi-talented as well as multi-dimensional in her thinking and her lifestyle. She had a large private therapy practice, was a core faculty member at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, and co-owned two businesses -- Stillpoint Counseling Center and Living Systems Land Management. Charlotte was a healer in so many ways. She exemplified the living of an authentic life, one of purpose and action. Her life has had a profound effect on those she has touched. She has healed wounds, changed lives and been witness to many life journeys. Charlotte, above all, was kind and gracious and sought to always do the right and ethical thing on behalf of others in the world around her.

There was a memorial on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology with her family, friends, students and colleagues in attendance.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, please make a donation to the "Charlotte Whitaker Lewis Scholarship Fund" established through the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology to support students pursuing advanced degrees at the school. Gifts can be made online at http://itp.givezooks.com/campaigns/in-memory-of-charlotte , or by mailing a check payable to ITP to 1069 E. Meadow Circle, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Please note on the check that your gift is in memory of Charlotte. Your gift will thus ensure her legacy and assist those similarly committed passionately to education and the advancement of the soul. For questions please e-mail Jessica Lewis at cresentmoons@hotmail.com.

 Holly Shaw Dugan, CLN, '95

Holly Shaw Dugan  passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2011.  Holly Co-Founded the Little Bangkok Sangha Project (Littlebang) in 2007 in Thailand and was last employed at Assumption University as faculty. She had a sudden and rapid cancer, but died peacefully with little discomfort.  Holly was given a Thai Buddhist funeral that was held over several days and attended by hundreds. The final ceremony was on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at  Wat Taht Thong, Bankok Thailand.. Littlebang details can be found at: http://littlebang.org/



Rick Peterson, ODT, '93

Richard A. "Rick" Peterson, the chief technology officer at Washington and Lee University since 2007, died at the age of 52 on Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Lexington. Rick graduated from the ODT program and was our former director of information systems and technology.  He was instrumental in the school-wide Appreciative Inquiry process which created the Seven Ideals of CIIS. He wrote his MA thesis (1993) about the process.

Peterson is survived by his wife, Mary, the administrative assistant in W&L's Facilities and Capital Planning Department; their children, Cobb and Charlotte; his father, Mervin E. Peterson, and stepmother, Elsie Petrea Peterson, of Faith, N.C.; his sister, Kris Lash, of Leander, Texas; his brother, Bud Peterson, of Scandinavia, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews in Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ida Charlotte Schaefer Peterson.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, Jan. 23, at Lee Chapel on the Washington and Lee campus.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice


Kelleen Nicholson, PCC, '07 

The PCC and ACS communities are mourning the death of Kelleen Nicholson, PCC/MA alumna and current ACS doctoral student. She was also the dearest friend and house mate of Jessie Kostosky. The close friends who were with Kelleen, including Jessie and Aaron Weiss (PCC, ACS, and financial aid), were unable to reach her as the ocean exercised the inexorable force of the full moon. Kelleen returned to the shore after a while but in the meantime she had breathed her last in the ocean.  

There was a public memorial service for her onWednesday, February 10th, at 5:00PM in Namaste Hall at CIIS.

In lieu of flowers, her parents suggest you may make a donation to "C.I.I.S." (the California Institute of Integral Studies), with "A. Kelleen Nicholson Memorial Scholarship" written on the For/Memo section of the check or on an attached note or letter. Send to:

Charles Wilmoth

Associate Director of Development

California Institute of Integral Studies

1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103


Peggy Thayer EWP '95

Peggy Thayer died suddenly January 5th, at her home in Island Grove, two days after her 56th birthday.  She lived there with her partner, Sandy of 22 years.  She was so dearly loved and cherished by her partner, her parents, her siblings, friends and by her ever enlarging Island Community.  Please, in lieu of flowers, send donations in Peg’s name to the Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs. A Memorial Gathering will be announced in early Spring.

Tracy Williams, a beloved EXA alumnus of 2002, died on 2/12/09 from complications from asthma. There was a memorial service on February 28, 2009.





Naomi White SM1'93
Naomi White died on Sunday, August 24, 2008. She fought courageously and gracefully against the illness that took her life. Her last moments were peaceful, and she was surrounded by friends and family. She will be very dearly missed.  A celebration of Naomi's life was held on Saturday,October 18, 2008.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Naomi's favorite causes. Arrangements have been made with the San Francisco SPCA to accept donations, "In Memory of Naomi White". Naomi absolutely loved animals! She will also be memorialized with a ceramic tile at the new SPCA building. Donations may be made through their website, by phone, or by mail. The specific information is listed below.

· By website: www.sfspca.org

· By phone: (415) 554-3029 or (800) 426-4110

· By mail: The San Francisco SPCA
P.O. Box 410490
San Francisco, CA 94103-4213
Fax: (415) 901-5977

Marian Tyler Ford BAC, '97

Marian died peacefully on July 2, 2009 surrounded by family and loved ones. Marian's memorial was held at the Neptune Society Columbarium on Friday July 17, 2009 from 1:30 pm-3:00 pm. 1 Loraine Court, SF 94118. There was a gathering of family and friends at Marian & Len's home, 2663 14th Ave. SF 94127, following the memorial, 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm.

Marian left a note for her loved ones:

It has been my great joy to share my life with you.
I would not be who I am without having had you in my life.
Be well, my love. I will always be with you.
Much love and gratitude,






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