Dr. Shalom Elias Vineberg, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Houston, passed away Thursday, March 14, at age 94.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he made his way to Los Angeles as a teenager earning his living as a Hebrew teacher and director of the regional Hashomer Hatzair. He was drafted as an "alien" into the army in World War II; when he returned from the war he took advantage of the GI Bill, earning a PhD at UCLA in clinical psychology. When Dr. Vineberg tried to get his security clearance to work for the VA Administration, he was arrested by the House Un-American Activities Committee. He lost his first trial in Los Angeles; but his scheduled appeal was canceled when the "red scare" abated.
Dr. Vineberg moved from Los Angeles to head the tuberculosis unit at the Oteen VA Hospital in Asheville, N.C. (1956-59). He joined the faculty of the Psychology Department at Vanderbilt University and then accepted a position at the University of Houston, where he was professor of clinical psychology, chaired the academic senate, and served as Graduate Dean. During his years at the University of Houston, he was on staff at the Texas Institute of Rehabilitation and Research where he worked with patients suffering from spinal cord injury. Upon his retirement from the University, he opened a private practice which he maintained until 6 months ago.
Dr. Vineberg had a keen intellect, was a fine storyteller (if you didn't mind hearing the same jokes repeated), had a beautiful trained tenor voice, spoke 4 languages, and was an avid and eclectic reader. He took the most pleasure from gathering with his families.
Dr. Vineberg is survived by: two sons in Texas, Paul and John Fedigan; a son, Maniel Vineberg and daughter, Sharon Salinger, in California; 6 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. He was blessed to have many wonderful friends and colleagues and neighbors. The family requests that if you wish to contribute in his memory that you do so to the
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 21, 2013