PHS has lost two pioneers with James Maddock, PhD, passing away on July 18, 2009, and Wilys Claire Nelson passing away on July 21, 2009. We are thankful for their contributions to PHS and we will miss their wisdom, support, and advocacy.
Jim Maddock, PhD, was one of the founders of PHS. He served as the program's director of training and coordinator of clinical services, and he developed the internship program that has evolved into our postdoctoral fellowship training program. He worked throughout his life on issues of human sexuality and to promote sexuality education and treatment. His family described Maddock as, "a rare combination of a University of Chicago intellectual and a kind hearted, sensitive human being. He loved his work with students and consultees from all over the country, and was an innovative clinician and wise mentor." Maddock received his PhD and MA in Religion/Personality Psychology from the University of Chicago. He was Professor Emeritus in the University of Minnesota's Department of Family Social Science, former president of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and co-founder of Meta Resources Psychotherapy and Training Institute, with his wife Noel Larson, PhD. Larson is also a PHS alumna who was instrumental in developing our first approaches to treating incest victims and their families. A celebration of Maddock's life was held on Sunday, August 16, 2009, at the University of Minnesota's McNeal Hall Atrium.
At PHS Wilys Claire Nelson worked as a Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) small group leader, a counselor, and a speaker on hospice care and death and dying. She believed in social justice and was a pioneer in the 1970s advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender persons and working to teach the wider community to be fully inclusive. At her memorial service Wilson Yates, PhD, said of Nelson, "the love of the neighbor and the good of the community were at the center of what she took with ultimate seriousness. And never absent was the intertwining of both the personal and the social in her working out her way of being in the world. The way she wore the mantel of this vision can be seen in how she addressed issues related to race and the civil rights movement; gender and the rights of women; sexuality and the search for both a personal and a cultural understanding of sexual health; the role of the church in its prophetic and communal life; and the nature and nurture of friendship and loving individuals through which she touched us all." Nelson was a graduate of Macalester College and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Ordained by the United Church of Christ, her profession was hospital and hospice chaplaincy at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Nelson's husband James B. Nelson, PhD, was also committed to the work of PHS he collaborated to develop a seminary training program that became a national model of seminary sexuality education. A memorial service was held for Nelson on August 3rd, 2009, at First Congregational Church of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
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