Eleanor Carden Guetzloe passed away 3 March 2014 in Pinellas Park (FL, US) about a month after sustaining a head injury in a fall. Professor Guetzloe was a beloved figure among advocates for children and youths with emotional and behavioral disorders throughout her 35-year career in special education. She was 82 years old.
After teaching music and beginning a family with her husband, Bruce A. Guetzloe, Professor Guetzloe attended graduate school, obtaining a masters degree from the University of South Florida and a doctoral degree from the University of Florida in 1975. She began her academic career at the University of South Florida, Tampa, in 1968, but spent most of it teaching and conducting research at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, from 1975 until she retired (as Professor Emerita) in 2001.
Although she was concerned about many aspects of emotional and behavior disorders, for a period in her career Professor Guetzloe focused intensely on prevention of suicide. She lectured widely and wrote books on the topic such as Youth Suicide: What the Educator Should Know (1989) and Depression and Suicide: Special Education Students at Risk (1991).
Although she considered teaching her foremost passion, she was widely known for her contributions to professional organizations. She was a regular speaker at conferences and was elected to the presidency of both the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders (CCBD) and the Pioneers Division, two sub-groups of the International Council for Exceptional Children. CCBD named an undergraduate scholarship award after her.
Professor Guetzloe’s husband died about a year before she did. She is survived by their three children and, at the time of her passing, three grandchildren.
Marilyn Kaff interviewed Professor Guetzloe as a part of the Janus Project (free video available). The Tampa Tribune published an official obituary.
S. R. Forness and J. W. Lloyd, 2005
Sometimes I get to hang around with some really wonderful contributors to the study of emotional and behavior disorders, and the accompanying photo shows one of those occasions. That’s Steven R. Forness, whom I was holding down so that he would not float away into the ether, one of a handful of giants in EBD.
Professor Forness earned a BA from the University of Northern Colorado and an MA and an Ed.D. from UCLA. He was one of the early leaders in the development of the school programs at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and served as principal for the school affiliated with the NPI (now known as the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior).
Professor Forness collaborated closely with one of the most important historical contributors to EBD, Frank Hewitt, during the early part of his career. Later, he and Kenneth Kavale wrote scores of books, chapters, and articles together.
Even though he is retired from day-to-day scholarship, he continues to work with many projects scattered around the US.
Gerald R. Patterson
The American Psychological Association (APA) Division 7 (Developmental Psychology), which is holding its annual meeting this weekend in Boston (MA, US), will recognize Gerald R. Patterson with the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society. The award will, no doubt, be based on Jerry’s extensive and sound research on the nature, causes, and treatment of anti-social behavior in families.
According to Web site for Developmental Psychology Division of APA,
The award is for an individual whose work has, over a lifetime career, contributed not only to the science of developmental psychology, and who has also worked to the benefit of the application of developmental psychology to society. The individual’s contributions may have been made through advocacy, direct service, influencing public policy or education, or through any other routes that enable scientific developmental psychology to better the condition of children and families.
This is a wonderfully well-deserved honor for Jerry. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Jerry and his colleagues for a couple of years during my graduate studies; I learned as much about research from hanging around that operation as I did from many of my formal classes combined. His work has influenced many other researchers and clinicians as well as having a direct, beneficial effect on children and youths and their families. Learn more about Jerry and his collaborators’ research at the Oregon Social Learning Center Web site. Also, see Division 7’s Web page about the Bronfenbrenner Award.
From Sarup Mathur, president of the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders (and a former student of Rob’s), here is a formal statement of the sad news that reached us this weekend about Rob’s death.
It is with profound sadness and deep sorrow that I inform you of the terrible news that one of our finest leader, colleague, mentor, and friend Robert Rutherford died unexpectedly at his home in Arizona on Friday, May 4, 2007.
Rob devoted his life to understanding individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders, working assiduously to help those most at-risk in our society develop ways to enhance their chances for success. His extraordinary dedication and commitment will always remind us to continually strive towards making the world a better place for students with emotional and behavioral disorders and their families.
I ask that you keep Rob and the Rutherford family in your prayers during this most sorrowful of times.
A viewing will be held Wednesday evening, May 9th, from 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM at Messinger Mortuary 7601 E. Indian School Rd. Scottsdale, AZ.
The funeral will be held Thursday morning, May 10th, at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help 7655 E. Main Street Scottsdale, AZ.
Sarup Mathur, CCBD President
Here’s a link to the CCBD Web site. I’ll add my observations in a comment.