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September 20, 2007

Words from K Staehle

I am absolutely shocked to hear of Dr. Caron's passing. He was by far one of the best professors that I have ever had. I took his "Intimate Relations" class my sophmore year when I had no idea what I wanted to major in, and 2 1/2 years later I left the U with a degree in FSoS. His was a brilliant teacher and a wonderful person, and I am a better person for having met him.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

K Staehle (Plymouth, MN)

September 16, 2007

The Complete Artist

Like Leonardo da Vinci, Wayne Caron combined the unique talents of the curious scientist and the passionate artist (therapist) to help people paint brighter futures for themselves. He also wasn't afraid to try new hues (methods) to make the pictures more colorful. And for added measure, they were both left-handed!

--by anonymous

September 15, 2007

Words from Erika Hess

Dr. Caron's passion for teaching was evident during each class. He challenged me to dig deeper, think bigger and write more professionally. I can say without a doubt he is one of the few teachers that challenged me so diligently and to this day, I am grateful. Although the last day I saw Dr. Caron was when I completed my Family Psychology class, his memory has remained with me. I no longer see families and relationships through the same lens, or my own family for that matter. Everyday I am reminded of the truths he revealed to me about family dynamics. I constantly find myself bringing him and his lectures up in conversation. He completely altered the way I will pursue my career. I guess you could say he changed a life. But it appears that he had that effect on many. I am blessed to have known him.

Erika Hess (San Diego, CA)

September 10, 2007

Wayne Caron's Spirit Lives On

Wayne's death is not only shocking, but represents a great loss to our Family Social Science family. I first met Wayne when he was an undergraduate in psychology and I hired him to work on a Divorce Mediation Project at Hennepin County. Since then, I have watched him grow and mature to become a professor in Family Social Science. He was not only a competent family professional, but a caring and compassionate person. He lived a life that is symbolic of giving to others and his spirit will always live on in the work that we do.

David Olson
Professor Emeritus, Family Social Science
President, Life Innovations, Inc.

September 8, 2007

Wayne's Podcasts - "The Pragmatic Therapist Journal Club"

Thanks to Faten for letting me know that Wayne has four Podcasts available on iTunes, for free. I have one of them playing right now, and his voice is clear and strong. It feels like he's sitting across the table from me.

The series is called "The Pragmatic Therapist" and there are 4 separate podcasts:
1) BioPsychoSocial Care (30:58)
2) Evidence Based Practice and the REACH Project (27:30)
3) Diary Study of Attachment Style (25:53)
4) Pragmatic Therapist Journal Club #1 (26:01)

To download these podcasts, go to

On the upper right hand side, there is a search window --
Type in Wayne Caron, and it will bring up this set of podcasts. When you click on it, it will allow you to download it onto your computer within the iTunes program. These are available for free.

Such a wonderful discovery! A testimonial to Wayne's commitment to teaching, clinical work, outreach, and technology.

Here is Wayne's description of the series. They were apparently recorded in May, 2007.

The Pragmatic Therapist Journal Club reviews the latest research and practice papers from the world of social science and psychotherapy.

In this podcast we review a series of articles that look at biopsychosocial approaches to collaborative health care. The articles we'll discuss are:
• Engel, George L. 1977. The need for a new medical model, Science 196:129-136,
• Mauksch, L. 2005. The Biopsychosocial Model: A View From the Mountains and Across a Lake. Families, Systems, & Health, Vol. 23, No. 4, 436-439
• Lurie, S. 2005 Futility as Applied to the Biopsychosocial Model. Families, Systems, & Health, Vol. 23, No. 1, 432-435
• Scherger, J.E. 2005 The Biopsychosocial Model Is Shrink Wrapped, on the Shelf, Ready to Be Used, but Waiting for a New Process of Care. Families, Systems, & Health, Vol. 23, No. 4, 444-447
•Suchman, L. 2005 The Current State of the Biopsychosocial Approach. Families, Systems, & Health, Vol. 23, No. 4, 450-452
• Stein,H. 2005 It Ain't Necessarily So: The Many Faces of the Biopsychosocial Model. Families, Systems, & Health, Vol. 23, No. 4, 440-443
• Goetz, D.R., Caron, W. (1999). A biopsychosocial model for youth obesity: Consideration of an ecosystemic collaboration. International Journal of Obesity, 23 (Suppl. 2), S58-S64.
• Caron, W., Goetz, D.R. (1998). A biopsychosocial perspective on behavior problems in Alzheimer's disease. Geriatrics, 53 (Suppl. 1), S56-S60.
• Goetz, D.R. Caron, W. 2005. Systemic Healing: An Ecosystemic Biopsychosocial Integration Applied to Clinical Practice in the Care of Sick Children.Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 10, 53-63

Words from Kysa

I am greatly saddened by the news of Dr. Caron's passing. I have had many classes with him, and thought he was so love- filled, inspiring, and young at heart. My thoughts go out to his family and friends, My love is with you as we all keep this strong soul in our hearts, and in our minds that have all bennefited from such a wonderful person,
We will all miss you.

Kysa (Minneapolis, MN)

September 7, 2007

Not Your Ordinary Therapist (from anonymous)

My deepest sympathy goes out to Wayne’s family, friends, former students and
clients. I just found out the tragic news yesterday but wasn’t able to post
comments until today because I was in such deep sorrow. I had emailed him with
a question and when he didn’t reply, I thought he was on vacation. After
classes began, I thought he must have moved, for he always responded promptly.
Wayne always signed his letters by his first name only, for his distinguished
title didn’t go to his head. I don’t know what to add that hasn’t already been
eloquently noted on this blog. If all the people he had helped in some way knew
of his sudden passing, the postings could fill volumes of books. I wish more
people could have known him. Wayne was my therapist many years ago and I
learned so much from him. In addition to his deep compassion, intelligence, and
other skills as a therapist, he also adeptly used NLP and hypnosis to help me
cope and move forward. His pitch and tone were perfect
and his stories were powerful, thus following in the footsteps of Milton
Erickson. I also hope my posting will represent all of those who had Wayne as
their therapist but do not know of his passing.

Wayne, you touched so many lives. I miss you immensely. Your voice will go
with me.

September 6, 2007

Words from Jean Boos

Dr. Caron was a gifted and important person to our family during a time of intense sorrow and pain. I hope it is some solace for his family to know how much he helped others and touched their lives. I will always remember him in my prayers.

Jean Boos (St. Paul, MN)

Words from Carole Nimlos

I considered Dr. Caron to be the third most important person in my life, my husband and son being the first and second. We were members of the Saturday morning ALZ support group. He helped me through the difficult decision to place my husband in assisted living. He helped me work through the depression, guilt and sorrow. He helped me to enjoy life as a person in my own right after 16 years of being defined in my mind as a caregiver. He was my friend. He will always be in my heart.

Carole Nimlos (Vadnais Heights, MN)

September 4, 2007

Words from Tom Kempf

I knew Wayne from the days we were at St. Raphael’s. I started there in 7th grade when my family moved to Minnesota. Although it was a long time ago, I think Wayne and I hit it off from the start being a little on the bookish-geek side of things. In 8th grade we co-edited a newsletter “St. Raphael’s Highlights?.

We went to Cooper together graduating in 1974. Again my memory is sketchy but I think it was Wayne who talked me into joining the debate team for a year. We had many discussions about esoteric topics shaping my thoughts and leanings that I have today.

In the fall of 1974, Wayne, Barry Fick, a woman (who’s name escapes me) and I carpooled to the U. Wayne was a psychology major who dreaded the language requirement. I think he took French three times before he finally survived it. After the first year we moved down by campus. I think Wayne lived with John Bloomquist for a year or so. During those next three years we would meet in the basement of Coffman in the morning for coffee. Those mornings brought many more conversations on life, death, and everything in between. Wayne was a much better speller than I am and he would take my important papers and correct the spelling and grammar for me. I still have a folder that he wrote “Tom’s Paper? on. During this same period we both worked at St. Teresa’s Nursing home together which also led to many conversations.

In 1977 I was married and Wayne was our best man. Up until that point he never drove a car. In order to be best man, I forced him to learn to drive and take the test. After that I saw him in the mornings but graduation, kids and jobs came on pretty fast. I didn’t see him for a number of years until I found out he was working as a councilor at Hennepin County. We had lunch and decided to keep in touch. Of course life got in the way again. Then a few years ago, he saw my name on a list at the U where I was working on my own PhD and we had lunch a few times then lost contact again. I see his name on my contact list all the time and think I should send him an email and get together. Now it’s too late.

You always think you will have one more chance to talk to your oldest friends. I was shocked to hear about Wayne. We never really came to a conclusion in our debates about what happens in the end. Now I will just need to ponder without his input.

Tom Kempf

September 3, 2007

Words From Joyce Reding

As I read the tributes to Wayne, I'm struck in awe by the broadness of his capabilities. With all of those strengths, he could have spent his lifetime stowing up wealth. We are rich indeed because of the path he chose. His generosity to others in their multifaceted needs has a value beyond comprehension. He gave us the map, now we must carry on in his way, difficult as it will be, without our beloved Saturday morning shepherd.

Joyce Reding (Elk River, MN)

September 2, 2007

Words from Meghan Matteson

Dr. Caron was one of my professors my last year of college. I enjoyed his class tremendously. He really knew how to engage his students, and really truly cared about every one of us. We were blessed to have him in our lives. My thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Caron's family during this difficult time.

Meghan Matteson (Derosier) (Elk River, MN)

Words from Nancy

We didn’t even consider that you would die so early,
Our hearts are broken over the sudden disappearance . . . the loss of you,
Our minds are in shock over the sad reality.
We cry out for you . . . your heart, your smile, your compassion,
If we are quiet and still, will we be able to hear you?
Are there answers in our shared memories?

Nancy (St. Paul, MN)