Donald M. Mihaloew

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Don Mihaloew, 78, took his last breath peacefully in his Bellingham home October 8th, surrounded by his beloved life partner Betty Kellow and his loving family. A strong and healthy man his whole life, he strove against cancer to give every ounce of himself to those he loved. Don was born to second generation Slovak and Italian parents, Michael and Rose Mihaloew, in Ambridge, PA. His older twin brothers, Jim and Jack Mihaloew of Cleveland and Ambridge survive him. In 1962 Don graduated from Westminster College, PA in philosophy and went on to achieve an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was deeply drawn to the Pacific Northwest and completed an M.A. and then, in 1991, a Doctorate in Education in Counseling Psychology at U.O. in Eugene, OR. A deep warm-hearted man, he built his successful private practice in marriage and family therapy in Eugene, helping a great many people over the span of 40 years. Blessed with a gift and enormous passion for teaching, a huge intellect and sense of humor, Don instilled his great knowledge and values in students at community college, university, and graduate levels. He was much-loved and respected. After he moved to Bellingham in 2006, he continued to commute weekly to Portland, loving his train rides, to teach and supervise in the Graduate Counseling Program at PSU. Don became excited about the Academy of Lifelong Learning here and created dynamic courses in psychology, philosophy and religion, completing his last class in February. Don was a man of many interests, appreciative of the inner world of thought and imagination and the external in all its offerings. He was truly a "Renaissance Man." He liked jazz, politics, wine, astronomy, cooking, baseball and puns. He traveled the world, read voraciously, and thought deeply. He also could fix or build just about anything and was happiest puttering in his shop. He came to love Bellingham and call the mountains and the water home. He fished in his boat, hiked and backpacked, canoed and explored especially with his family. He lived for softball with the Bellingham "Cows" and played until age 76. He adored his 7 lively grandchildren and couldn't wait to get their lines in the water and to teach them how to love and live. He is survived by his wife Betty Kellow, daughters Chris Lindholm (husband Erik) of Portland and Andreya Mihaloew (husband Jim Berry) of Ithaca, NY and stepdaughters Shannon Kellow and Misty Parker (husband Mike) of Bellingham. His seven grandchildren range in age from 19 to 4 and are Kyle, Ben and Will Lindholm, Jamie and Evi Berry, and Savannah and Maggie Hensley-Kellow. Our family, community, and world have lost a truly amazing, self-crafted, and well-loved man. He was both very academic and spiritual and his celebration of life will be a "Graduation." It will be held Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m. at Center for Spiritual Living. See online obituary, photo gallery and guestbook at
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Oct. 23, 2016
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