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Sept. 1, 1926-June 26, 2013
Rita Shirley Knipe, 86, died June 26, 2013 from complications from Alzheimer's Disease. Rita was an uncommonly wise and accomplished woman. She was truly gifted in many ways, and followed her own creative spirit throughout her life. Rita was deeply beloved and will be missed by her family and circle of loved ones. Rita was born in Los Angeles and spent her early career as an elementary school teacher and instructor of children with special needs. She received her master's degree in special education from UCLA and went on to study analytic psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. She practiced as a Jungian analyst in Los Angeles for many years. Rita was passionate about Hawaii and her life was immensely enriched by her love of the islands. In 1977, she moved to Oahu where she continued to practice as an analyst for over two decades and founded the C.G. Jung Center of Hawaii. Rita's deep interest in Hawaiian traditions and myths also led her to give workshops, lectures and write numerous articles about Hawaiian mythology and its relationship to Jungian psychology. Her book, "The Water of Life: A Jungian Journey Through Hawaiian Myth" was published in 1989.
Rita is predeceased by her beloved husband Bill. She will be forever loved by her children Eric Stone and Susan Dunn, her son-in-law Richard, her daughter-in-law Shelley, grandchildren Ashley, Rebecca and Steve, great-grandson Zachary and her sister Vivian. She is predeceased by her son Tom.
Donations may be made in Rita's memory to the
, P.O. Box 96011, Wash. D.C., 20090-6011; 1-800-272-3900; alz.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 7, 2013