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DR. DUGALD SINCLAIR ARBUCKLE

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DR. DUGALD SINCLAIR ARBUCKLE Obituary
ARBUCKLE, Dr. Dugald Sinclair In the early afternoon of August 29, 2012, Dr. Dugald Sinclair Arbuckle, 100, embarked on his highest ascent, towards the mountain-top of his dreams. He was encircled by his children and grandchildren, and was bid farewell with deep love, affection, and appreciation. And also with his favorite scottish toast. Born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada on June 28, 1912, he was the youngest child of Margaret McNaughton Sinclair and John Finley Arbuckle. Dug spent his boyhood days in Mountain Park, Alberta, Canada where he explored the mountains, forests, and wilderness of the High Divide and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. These early adventures and love of the outdoors stayed with him forever and defined and informed his life, his values, and his point of view. The bedtime stories he later told, all true, about his encounters with bears, moose, blizzards, high mountain peaks, and the occasional outlaw, will be repeated to many generations of wide-eyed Arbuckle children. Dug became one of the first children in his small town to finish high school, acting as the class instructor at times. Education, intellectual curiosity, and continual learning would be constant throughout his life. He completed the Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alberta while teaching in Edmonton schools. Following service as a flight instructor in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he completed both a Bachelor of Education and a PhD with a specialization in counseling at the University of Chicago, under the mentorship of Dr. Carl Rogers. Dug married Margaret May Redmond in 1943. Over the next decade, he became the proud father of five children. His first child, Donald, was born in Toronto. The twins, Margaret and Mary were in Chicago several years later. His daughters Jane and Judith were born later in Boston. In 1947, the Arbuckle family moved to Sharon, Massachusetts, and Dr. Arbuckle began his service at Boston University. As the founder and first chairperson of the Department of Counselor Education, he was cited as the Father of Counselor Education at Boston University. Under his guidance, the department grew in size and eminence to become one of the leading centers of research and practice in the United States. His national leadership was recognized by the American Personnel and Guidance Association through his election as President of that body. He was a charter member of the American Academy of Psychotherapists and was elected a Fellow in the American Psychological Association. He served as President of the American Association of Counseling and Development from 1959-1961. A prolific writer, Dr. Arbuckle was known for his forthright commentary on professional issues and for his intellectual integrity. He authored 12 books and hundreds of articles and was a major contributor to the literature that shaped counseling and psychotherapy from 1947 to 2000. As a professor, he was viewed by his students as always unique, always challenging, always inspiring, and never, ever, boring. Throughout, and well beyond his university career, Dr. Arbuckle also maintained a private, thriving psychotherapy practice, keeping himself further engaged in the work he taught and wrote about with such skill. With a love of the outdoors, and endless energy and drive, he taught his children and his grandchildren, as well as many of his neighbors, friends, and students how to ski, hike, camp, climb and rappel. Throughout his lifetime, his favorite destination was his beloved Canadian Rocky Mountains, and the entire family spent many summers there. He was a Silver Rope climbing guide and lifetime member of the Canadian Alpine Club. He was also a lifetime member of the Monadnock-Sunapee, New Hampshire Greenway Trail Club. He continued alpine skiing, and heli-hiking with Canadian Mountain Holidays well into his 9th decade. In 1999, he moved to the Highlands Retirement Community in Topsham, Maine where he designed, built and maintained an extensive system of hiking trails. He was an original board member of the Cathance River Educational Alliance in Topsham and played a key role in establishing that organization. Dug is survived by his children, Donald Arbuckle and his wife, Carlisle Walters of Dallas, Texas; Margaret Arbuckle and her husband, Michael Kankainen of Kingfield, Maine; Mary Arbuckle of Lincoln, Vermont; Jane Arbuckle of Brunswick, Maine; and Judith Arbuckle of Portland, Maine. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jennifer Arbuckle and her husband, Steve Loeswick; Benjamin Arbuckle and his wife, Erin Arbuckle; Michael Arbuckle, Erik Kankainen, Elizabeth Kankainen, Nicholas McDougal, Quincy McDougal, Caitlin Gerber, Rebecca Gerber, Margaret Gerber, William Arbuckle, and Alexander Arbuckle. He is also survived by his great grandchildren, Abigail Arbuckle, Claire Arbuckle, Isabella Loeswick, Lillian Loeswick, and Jake Loeswick. He is also survived by his niece Penny Farnham, his nephew Gordon Neufeld and family, and his nephew Ian Fletcher and family of London, England. His family would like to thank the remarkable staff of the Cadigan Lodge at the Highlands of Topsham, Maine for their unending kindness, knowledge, friendship and generosity of spirit. His family would also like to thank the staff of CHANS hospice care for the exceptional care, guidance and understanding they provided. In accordance with his wishes, Dug's family, along with a bagpiper, will be climbing a very high peak sometime soon and will have a mountaintop service to celebrate the beauty of the outdoors and the extraordinary life and times of Dugald Sinclair Arbuckle. A community celebration will held be held at the Highland Green Community Center at 7 Evergreen Circle, Topsham, Maine on Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 2:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon. His family welcomes your recollections, stories and memories of this inimitable and belovedmanat www.brackettfuneralhome.com or to The Arbuckle Family at 125 Vaughan Street, Portland ME 04102. "Here's tae us, wha's like us, gie few and they're a deid".

Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 7, 2012
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