Earl Koile, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, died Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at his home in Austin. He was 96. A creative and challenging teacher and mentor for seven decades, his courses in individual and group psychotherapy were renowned among his many students. In addition to teaching, he directed the Ph.D. counseling psychology program; conducted hundreds of hours of training workshops and seminars focused on human relations, leadership, communication, group psychotherapy, hypnotic imagery, and clinical hypnosis; and engaged in private practice in psychology. He was elected Fellow of the APA (counseling and clinical psychology), the AGPA, and the APGA. Dr. Koile is the author of numerous articles and books, including "Listening as a Way of Becoming" and "Your Secret Self".
Born and raised in Seelyville, Indiana, Earl worked his way through Indiana State, where he focused on business and journalism and played varsity basketball and baseball. After graduating and teaching high school English and journalism for a year, Earl was accepted to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, but received his draft papers a week later. He served in the Army Air Corps in WWII, rising to the rank of Major. After WWII, he completed his masters at Harvard on the GI Bill, then took a job at East Texas State in Commerce, Texas, where he met and married his wife Carmon Crowder.
On leave from East Texas State, Earl and Carmon lived in Cambridge, MA, for two years while Earl worked on his doctorate, then they returned to Commerce, where he continued his role as Founding Department Head of the Counseling Training Program. Commuting between Commerce and Cambridge, he completed his doctorate at Harvard in 1953.
After several more years at East Texas State, Dr. Koile spent two years as Director of the Summer Session and Adult Education at the University of Vermont, Burlington. Then in 1958, he joined the Department of Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Professor until his retirement in 1987. He continued his private practice until 1994.
Earl is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carmon; his three children and their families-Kimberle Koile, Ph.D., husband John Aspinall, and son Michael of Lexington, MA; Kristen Wells, M.D., husband Douglas Wells, M.D., and daughters Madeline and Johanna of Melbourne, Australia; Stephen Koile of Austin-and his sister Norma Koile of Glendale, AZ.
Earl is remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and a devoted friend and teacher. He was a wise, compassionate man full of grace and humor, kindness and respect. He delighted in empowering and learning from others, and his excitement for knowledge was infectious. He was imaginative, venturesome, whimsical-a romantic with a passion and flair for well-written prose and poetry and a love of music and art. He was elegant and dapper, yet humble. He loved the quiet solitude and natural beauty of the outdoors and the man-made beauty born of good design. The world is a better place for his having been in it. He will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dr. Earl Koile's name to College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 1912 Speedway, Mailstop D5000, Austin, TX 78721; or online at http://links.utexas.edu/shplyk. Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 15 to Dec. 16, 2013