UNIKEL, Irving Philip
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August 19, 1936 ? December 17, 2012 - Irving Philip Unikel passed on December 17th in Boynton Beach, Florida after battling Alzheimer?s disease and complications due to medical conditions. He is survived by his daughter Amy Brand and son-in-law Robert and granddaughters Leah and Zoe of Boca Raton, Florida, daughter Laura Brunner Lukas and son-in-law Jeff and grandsons Jeremy and Matthew Brunner and granddaughter Kaylie Lukas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and brothers Alan Unikel of Hinsdale, Illinois and Errol Unikel of Gainesville, VA. Phil was born August 19, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois. He received a football scholarship to Ripon College and then entered the army where he was stationed in Germany. While on leave in Miami, he met his wife Doris and was married over 47 years until her death in 2006 due to leukemia. He continued his education at the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana. While there, he published several academic papers and pursued his doctorate. Phil was then offered a job teaching psychology in the graduate program at the University of Georgia. ?Dr. Phil? then moved to Atlanta where he was the Chief of the Psychiatry and Psychology Department at the Veterans Administration Hospital until his retirement some thirty years later. He also taught graduate students at Emory University while running a successful private practice. He was a visionary in the treatment of veterans who were returning from the Vietnam War suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and published books on the topics of behavior modification and chronic pain management. His works are still cited by the American Psychological Association. Even after retiring to Florida, Phil continued to treat patients and conduct evaluations of nursing homes and their treatment of elderly residents. His legacy continues to be his family who will miss him greatly.
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Published in The Palm Beach Post from December 29 to December 30, 2012