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Mary Briggs has died

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Written by Karin E. Weiss

Marry-Briggs-and-Hannah-BP.jpgMary loved life and her heart was generous in sharing her love with nearly everyone she came to know. She was a woman of immense spirit, with a capacity for savoring and appreciating every moment of her varied and wide-ranging experience.

Mary-Brigs-portrait-BP.jpgAround 1970, she joined PHS. Then, as 19-year-old assistant to Rick Chilgren, who was newly appointed director of this fledgling program, she virtually held things together through the first faltering steps of "the birth of PHS." Mary helped recruit many of our 'pioneers' through her enthusiasm and, with Rick, she united us to pull together in that great effort. She won over a number of folks who would later become pillars of our PHS community.

Her presentations on human sexuality at seminars and Sexual Attitude Reassessments were so personally honest and delivered with such natural good humor that many who came expecting to be offended, were instead "converted" to believing in the possibility of "healthy sexual attitudes."

When, around the late 1970's, PHS underwent a major reorganization as it moved from an interdisciplinary program within the Medical School Dean's Office to the Department of Family Medicine, several of the original founders departed. Around 1980 Mary moved to California where she embarked upon a new life of adventures.

PHS-pics-from-Con-Logan-4-c.jpgThere, she held numerous interesting jobs over the years, always with the same competence and self-assurance and dedication as she had at PHS. She met her partner, David, and travelled with him to his home in England. Then, together, they came back and opened a bookstore in Mill Valley and lived on a houseboat in Sausalito. Their son, Will, was born some years later and Mary enjoyed an interlude of devoted motherhood.

In 2010, when her beloved sister, Nancy, became terminally ill with cancer, Mary made many visits to Minnesota, and stayed at Nan's side for her final weeks in hospice. During those weeks Mary kept a journal for Nan on Caring Bridge, sharing all the heartfelt grief and joy of her sister's passing. Nancy died on November 1, 2010. Only a year later Mary, herself, was undergoing intensive treatments for breast cancer.

Meanwhile, Will married Shannon, making Mary very proud and happy. Then, as Mary recovered from the treatments, her son and daughter-in-law gave birth to little Hannah the grand-daughter who gave Mary her very greatest pleasure.

Mary-Briggs-mountains-BP.jpgBut shortly thereafter Mary was diagnosed with terminal metastatic bone cancer, which she stoically determined to let run its course (curse?) with only at-home hospice care. Since July 2013, many have been following Mary's inspired journal entries on her own Caring Bridge website where she gave us all a profound lesson on how to die with grace and good humor.

Mary passed away on November 4, 2013, in her home with David at her side. She had just celebrated her 65th birthday in October.

See Mary's Caring Bridge Journal entry for Oct. 10 for her own spirited version of her life story.

Photo's courtesy of Will Barnett and Karin Weiss.

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Sandra-Nohre-BP.jpgIn 1977 when director Eli Coleman, PhD, first arrived at the Program in Human Sexuality, Sandra Nohre, PhD, served as a mentor in his sexuality education. Through many years of Sexual Attitude Reassessments (SAR), Nohre has trained hundreds of students, medical students, physicians, clergy, and clients: individuals and couples. This year she will retire from her work as a sexuality educator and therapist.

Nohre has loved her work and enjoyed the many wonderful encounters with her co-workers at PHS over the years. She considers her career path a marvelous choice. She joined PHS in the early years, attending her first SAR in 1973 and joining the staff in 1974. She remembers, "One of the early challenges we had was getting people to use the language of sex - to even use the word 'sex.' Many people had a difficult time talking openly with their therapist and with their partners." She adds that compared to the early 1970s, people today have much more information about sexual health and sexual medicine. She credits the baby boomers for instigating the sexual information revolution by demanding answers to their questions about sex and health.

In 1998 Nohre was promoted to assistant professor at PHS. In addition to her personal travel to over 20 countries, Nohre has conducted workshops and presentations throughout the US and abroad.

In her therapy practice, Nohre enjoyed helping clients meet their goals, which she describes as transformative for them and for the staff. "It has always been a great honor and privilege to be a part of the therapeutic process." Nohre ran a women's sexuality group for forty years. She said of the group, "It was one of my greatest joys. I was able to watch women find support in their sexual process which boosted their self-esteem and helped them to grow in amazing ways."

Nohre offered some advice for individuals and couples:

  • First, it is essential to make "Prime Time" with your partner. What Nohre means is to make quality time every week and to ask your partner, "How are we doing with each other?" This is not the time to discuss work, family, or the household. Nohre believes that this is essential to keep passion alive; otherwise, "It can slip like sand through an hourglass and one day you wake up and the passion is gone."
  • Next, for couples that are considering therapy, "it's best to do it sooner than later I have seen couples struggle with issues for 10 to 20 years before they seek help, and often they are at a point where their relationship cannot be reconciled. It is also important to find a competent and compatible therapist."
  • Nohre's final piece of advice comes from her father-in-law. In 1981 when Nohre married Mario Petrini, his father took their hands in his and said, "Every day - I mean every day - hold each other like gold. And remember, the courtship starts today." Nohre says, "It changed our lives."
Nohre has finished her private practice in Minneapolis. At the end of the summer she and Petrini will establish their primary residence in Fort Myers, Florida. Now in her 70s, Nohre plans to take some time to relax, play, write and enjoy the benefits of retirement.

Please join us for a retirement party for Sandra Nohre, PhD
Thursday, September 12, 2013
6 PM - 9 PM
1300 South 2nd Street, Cafeteria, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Kindly RSVP by September 10, 2013, by contacting Jenae Batt at
jenae@umn.edu or 612-625-1331

You may contact Sandra after September 18 at:
Sandra Nohre, PhD
14586 Jonathan Harbour Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Cell: (952)944-1585 (anytime)
nohre001@umn.edu (please don't send your RSVP to Sandra)

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Sharon-Satterfield-BP.jpgSharon Satterfield was born July 15, 1944, and passed away on September 15, 2012, in Charleston, West Virginia. Satterfield was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all friends and family. A memorial services were held in Charleston, West Virginia; Belfast, Maine; and Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Satterfield served as Director of the Program in Human Sexuality from 1979 - 1986. She served at a critical time when PHS administratively moved from the Medical School Dean's Office to the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She brought many new innovations to the program and areas of focus. It was during her leadership that PHS focused on the issues of cardiac health and sexuality, family sexual abuse, and sexuality and religion. She greatly improved the size and scope of the clinical services at PHS. Most notably, she brought the transgender program from the Department of Psychiatry into the umbrella of sexual health services at the PHS.

She was extremely proud of her work serving the transgender community Satterfield championed support and acceptance of transgendered people on programs such as The Phil Donahue Show and 60 Minutes, as well as throughout her own community.

After leaving the University of Minnesota, she worked at Vermont State Hospital, Monadnock Family Services in Keene, New Hampshire, and as the Medical Director at Silver Spring Halfway House. Most recently she worked at Pen Bay Psychiatric / Mid Coast Mental Health in Belfast, Maine.

She recently celebrated her 50th high school reunion at South Charleston High School. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and completed her medical degree at University of Michigan Medical School in 1970.

Memorial website Never Gone: Sharon Satterfield, MD


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PHS educator Jeremiah McShane has died

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Jeremiah-McShane-BP.jpgJeremiah McShane, a distinguished educator at the Program in Human Sexuality, recently died at the age of 63 of an infection. McShane was a Minnesota State Wrestling Champ for De LaSalle High School. He also lettered in wrestling at the University of Minnesota. On September 9, 1971, McShane broke his neck skydiving. After the accident, Jeremiah continued to inspire so many people. He campaigned for accessibility for the disabled and served as part of the faculty in the Sexuality and Disability Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) seminars at PHS. He served as a small group leader facilitating discussions regarding the issues of sexuality among disabled individuals. He often served as a panelist during SAR seminars sharing his own person story as a means of educating and inspiring many people to optimize their sexual health no matter what the barrier.

McShane is survived by his long-time partner Jeannie O'Connor; mother, Helen; brothers Jimmy, Tom and Daniel; and a sister, Shannon Burns.

A celebration of McShane's life will be held on Dec. 21, 2012 (a day very important to Jeremiah) at Silverwood Park, the Great Hall at the Park Visitors Center, 2500 County Road East, St. Anthony, from 5 pm to 10 pm. Memorials to donor's choice.


Read more about McShane in a tribute in the Star Tribune

EXCERPT:  Obituary: Skydiving accident remade Jeremiah McShane's life
Written by Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, and reprinted with permission from the author

Jeremiah McShane can thank his elite wrestling career for giving him an extra 40 years of life.
McShane was a state high school champion wrestler whose skydiving accident a few years later left him a quadriplegic. From there, he turned tragedy into opportunity, campaigning for accessibility for the disabled in every way possible. McShane died Nov. 13 from an infection. The Minneapolis resident was 63.

Friends and family will remember McShane during a gathering next week, when a movie he appears in about disability access will be shown.

McShane was a state private-school champion wrestler while competing at 160 pounds for DeLaSalle in Minneapolis. He went on to letter in the sport at the University of Minnesota, and "he also loved skydiving," said Jeannie O'Connor, his longtime partner.

On a September day in 1971, the U senior and others were at Howard Lake, west of the Twin Cities, skydiving from a small plane. McShane jumped from a few thousand feet. His main chute failed. He activated his reserve chute, but it tangled with the first one, slowing his descent to a little more than 100 miles per hour.

Yet he survived.

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Michael "Mike" Metz, PhD, has died

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Michael-Metz-BP.jpgMichael E. Metz passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family March 7, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He was 68 years old. Mike was a giant in our field of human sexuality. He was a seasoned clinician, highly respected teacher, and award-winning author. He was a nationally respected psychologist and couples therapist with Meta Associates in St. Paul, MN, and the author of numerous books and articles in the field of sex therapy. He was also a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, and colleague. He was married to his loving wife Hildy Bowbeer for 26 years and had two wonderful children, Kristin and David. He was loved by his siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews, other loving relatives, and many friends.

Metz earned his PhD with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. For 12 years, Metz served on the faculty of the Program in Human Sexuality, Department of Family Practice and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. There he had a number of roles as coordinator of transgender services and postdoctoral training. He also directed the clinic's relationship and sex therapy program.

He went on to develop a highly successful independent private clinical practice in association with several other colleagues at Meta Associates in St. Paul, Minnesota.

As a psychologist and marriage and family therapist, he treated more than 6,000 individuals and couples for a variety of individual and relationship problems including depression, anxiety, relationship conflict resolution, intimacy deficits, sex dysfunction, compulsive sexual behavior, infidelity, adapting to chronic medical problems (e.g., cancer), and stages of life. He was a major spokesperson for a comprehensive, integrated "biopsychosocial" approach (attention to comprehensive medical, psychological, and interpersonal features) to addressing and resolving relationship conflict and sexual problems.

Metz had been a member of several professional organizations including, the American Psychological Association (APA), American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the International Academy of Sex Research, and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR). He was also a member of the relationship-positive professional network -- Marriage Friendly Therapists. He also served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sexual Health.

As a teacher, Metz taught advanced level courses at the University of Minnesota Medical School (Minneapolis), the Department of Family Social Science, the College of Liberal Studies, and the Graduate School; and lectured and led workshops at institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, McGill University (Montreal), and the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

He regularly made presentations to universities and clinical consultation groups, as well as numerous community, church and synagogue, and special interest groups (e.g., American Cancer Society prostate cancer recovery groups, the RESOLVE infertility support program, and marriage enrichment programs). He also presented professional improvement workshops with professional clinical staff, at professional societies, professional continuing education (CE) workshops, all-day workshops under the sponsorships of Health-ED, as well as taught international workshops in Acapulco, Mexico; Vancouver, Canada; Havana, Cuba; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Caracas, Venezuela; and Montreal, Canada.

As a writer, he authored more than 60 professional articles and book chapters in the areas of couple intimacy, relationship conflict styles, sexual health, sexual medicine, and cognitive-behavioral features of satisfying relationships. He was the author of four books with Barry McCarthy: Enduring Desire, Men's Sexual Health, Coping With Erectile Dysfunction (ED), and Coping With Premature Ejaculation (PE). Coping With Erectile Dysfunction was awarded the 2007 SSTAR Best Consumer Sexual Health Book by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research as well as receiving the 2011 Self Help Book Seal of Merit Award from the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapy. Enduring Desire was awarded the 2011 Best Book Award by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

He conceptualized the "Good Enough Sex Model" which was greeted with great appreciation. The model uses cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and relation factors to promote cohesion, cooperation, and intimacy. He developed the Styles of Conflict Inventory which was a brief self-report measure designed to aid in the assessment of relationship or couple conflict.

He received many other awards during his career. He was awarded the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's "Lifetime Distinguished Service" award, as well as two Distinguished Service Awards from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Most recently he was acknowledged for his lifetime contributions by the Society of Sex Therapy and Research.

No words can fully express his contributions to our field and the wonderful friend and colleague he was. He will be missed and remembered always.

A Celebration of Life will be held later this spring.  Memorials preferred to Growth and Justice or St. Benedict's Preparatory School, Newark, NJ.

Condolences can be sent to Metz's wife:
Hildy Bowbeer
215 10th Avenue, S.
Unit 312
Minneapolis, Mn. 55415

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PHS celebrates 40 years

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happy-anniv-PHS-BP.jpgWhat began on June 2, 1970, with the first Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) in Minnesota quickly grew into a world-renowned center specializing in human sexuality. For 40 years, the Program in Human Sexuality has been a leader in the field of human sexuality through innovations in research, education, clinical service, and advocacy. We are proud to celebrate our 40 years of service and we look forward to new advances in sexual health.

PHS students, faculty, supporters, and SAR group faculty and small group leaders are invited to join us in Minneapolis, MN, on October 1 - 2, 2010, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of PHS. The formal program will begin with an event on Friday evening and continue through the day on Saturday. The weekend will include reminiscence from the early days, reports on current projects, an update of the PHS strategic vision, and a special recognition of Rev. Dr. James Siefkes. We encourage you to meet informally with friends and colleagues on Thursday evening, Friday day, and Saturday evening.

Save the date. More details will follow. Please respond with interest, questions, or contact information by email to phs@umn.edu

Help us to connect with people who should be invited. You can forward this information to a friend or send their name and email address to phs@umn.edu

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New book about SAR in MN

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SAR-book-BP.jpgA new book, SAR Sexual Attitude Reassessment Seminars: A Retrospective of SAR Early Years in Minnesota, has been written by former PHS faculty about the founding and development of the unique educational program SAR. The programs were designed for medical and seminary students and professionals from all service areas as a means to help them develop healthier attitudes and greater comfort in dealing with sexual issues brought to them by their clients, parishioners, and patients.

Beginning in the 1970s and still offered today, thousands of people have attended SAR seminars at the University of Minnesota Medical School. SAR written by Karin Weiss, PhD, and edited by Dorothy Boen, JD, is a memoir for those who have been part of the experience, and a fascinating account for others.

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Siefkes-2-BP.jpgOn June 5, 2010, Rev. Dr. James "Jim" Siefkes, a founder of PHS, was awarded the Humanitarian Award by American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) at their 42nd Conference "Bridging Educational, Medical, and Clinical Issues in Sexology" in Pittsburgh, PA. The Humanitarian Award is given to individuals for their contribution to the field of human sexuality through a private endeavor, charitable event(s), public awareness campaign, sex-positive educational offering, or political platform and who have received national and/or international recognition for the contribution.

Siefkes is a genuine humanitarian and a true pioneer in human sexuality. For 33 years he worked in the Department of Congregational Social Concerns in the national office of the American Lutheran Church (later the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). In his work with local parishes he discovered there was little awareness of mission as anything more than traditional understandings and practice. He designed a program to broaden the understanding of mission called MATRIX. In brief, the Matrix process amounted to gathering groups of clergy, spouses, and laity and "holding class" on the streets and in the throes of the issues of the day. Issues addressed and experienced included racism, drugs, campus riots, ecology, the Vietnam war, conscription, conscientious objection, runaway kids, emerging lifestyles, women's issues, men's issues, hunger, singles, and human sexuality. Matrix proved a way to introduce social justice and ministry on the side of people suffering from oppression as critical to understanding the mission of the church.

Siefkes pioneered convergence between national religious bodies, sexuality, and science with special care given to the areas of sexual health, sexual orientation, as well as physical, psychological, and intellectual disability. He was one of the founders of PHS as well as several other programs and institutions that provide effective services locally and nationally, and that provided the information internationally. In the early years Siefkes served as adjunct Medical School Faculty and as an advisor to PHS.

In his award acceptance video, Siefkes said,

I have come to understand human sexuality at the very ground of our being and consciousness. This in turn provides nourishment for the spiritual dimensions of life and human relationships, and may even put us in touch with the mystery of the transcendent. Healthy and meaningful relationships are important for existence that is fully human. As the globe becomes ever more crowded and threatened... the importance of creating relationships that are symbiotic- not antibiotic; loving- not hostile; fear allaying -not fear producing; personally edifying and uplifting; becomes ever more urgent. All this in order to make this world a place in which it is easier to love and be loved.

Siefkes's work has been featured in numerous articles in the national press including the National Observer, The Advocate, and New York Times. He worked with ABC for two documentary TV shows on Christianity and Sexuality and Christianity and Homosexuality. Beginning in 1974 he served for seven years on the board of Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and on the Venereal Disease Committee of the Boy Scouts of America. He has authored articles and books on sexuality including Findings of the Action Research Project in Human Sexuality for Clergy and Helping Persons, which was distributed in the US and 12 other countries. His work has also been on behalf of Native Americans, including the American Indian Movement and Wounded Knee Trials; black Americans; traumatized veterans and Consultation on the Whole Person.

Siefkes shares the honor with notable winners such as: Elma Cole, former Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, Nadine Strossen and the American Civil Liberties Union, Phil Harvey for his philanthropic investment in supporting the sexual health of millions of people in the developing world, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Governor Arne Carlson and Senator Linda Runbeck of Minnesota for legislation supporting sexuality education.

Siefkes will also be honored at the PHS 40th anniversary celebration scheduled for October 1 -2, 2010 in Minneapolis. Please save the date and join us for the event.

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Sexuality films return to PHS

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John-Armour-BP.jpgOn October 8, 2009, 160 films were delivered to the University of Minnesota Libraries for the new Sexual Health Library.  Former PHS media coordinator, John Armour, has lovingly cared for these films for years and has now returned them to the University.

The films are mostly 16 mm and had been used for educational purposes, most notably in the Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) workshops facilitated by PHS.  Armour started working with PHS in 1973 as a SAR small group facilitator on the topic of disabilities.  He went on to work in the general SAR, as well as specialized SAR trainings on both GLBT sexuality and sexual offenses.  Armour also contributed to the Week of Enrichment, a SAR inspired training for pastors and church personnel.  In six years he went from a small group facilitator to a large group co-leader, and then to technician in the media booth.  From 1978 - 1988 Armour worked at PHS as the media coordinator.  At the height of SAR trainings, PHS was offering approximately 150 one-day to one-week workshops per year throughout Minnesota and around the country.

SAR workshops rely heavily on film, audio recordings, and photos to elicit personal attitudes and values about sex from participants.  The media enables participants to hear, to see, and to reflect on real-life experiences in a technique designed to inspire discussion on various issues.  Armour describes the process by saying, "Dr. Theodore Cole, physiatrist and main founder of the Disability and Sexuality section of PHS said many times in speaking to colleagues that 'you can describe a hamburger in many ways but you really don't know what it is until you taste one.'"  Armour continued, "The films were all made by people in 'real' relationships.  People with disabilities, older folks, GLBT folks; all of whom wanted to share their intimate stories in image and spoken word to encourage and educate others.  Many were made at the University or with advice from faculty and staff and were not made for the commercial market, but rather to be used by patients and health professionals. These films and the live panels of people giving testimonials and honestly answering questions about sex and sexuality were the true power of SAR and the workshops, as their authenticity and honesty could not be disputed."

It is Armour's hope that returning the films to the University Libraries will help to preserve the films and possibly help to get some of the titles converted to a digital format.  He said, "I am encouraged that the films will be archived and made accessible to students and professionals, perhaps providing encouragement, inspiration, and incentive to find new ways to help people look at themselves in light of other's experience."  

Armour captions and subtitles media for hearing-impaired individuals as well as other language work.  He is also a musician and has written a series of songs with a northern, sled dog theme.  He lives in St Paul, MN, with Barb, his wife of 40 years, and their Siberian Huskies, Laci, Sweetie Pea, and Penny.  Armour said, "I will always be extremely thankful for my days at PHS.  I was able to get deeply in touch with myself and was privileged to watch as many others did also."

In March 2009 the Tawani Foundation awarded PHS a grant in the amount of $50,000 to help fund the early development of a Sexual Health Library at the University, with the opportunity of additional support up to $250,000 through a five-year matching grant challenge.  The library will be a vital tool for sexual health education and research. Sexuality research is expanding in scope and is increasingly interdisciplinary in nature.  The Sexual Health Library project complements the advancement of the sexual health field by increasing collaboration among researchers and promoting the sharing of materials that were previously inaccessible beyond local audiences.  PHS will work in collaboration with the Academic Health Center and University Libraries to create a new information infrastructure around the sexuality materials currently held at the University and to create an online research portal connecting sexuality institutes, libraries, and researchers across the United States and the world.  PHS will also formally archive materials from the organization's 40-year history, including some donation of private collections.

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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.

Maddock-BP.jpgJim 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.

Nelson-BP.jpgAt 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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To read more about Nelson visit
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