JOESPH BUSEY (1941 - 2013)

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JOSEPH S. BUSEY Joseph S. Busey, Ph.D., ("Dr. Joe") died on April 23rd, 2013 due to heart complications. He was born on August 30, 1941, in Urbana, IL, to banker Donald R. Busey and Latin teacher Edith S. Busey, both of whom preceded him in death. He was valedictorian of LeRoy (IL) High School in 1959 and matriculated to DePauw Univ., Greencastle, IN, where he was a Rector Scholar and double majored in English Composition (Journalism) and Psychology. After his B.A. he went to U.N.C.-Chapel Hill for a Ph.D. in Psychology in 1969. He joined the U.S. Army in 1966 as a graduate student officer and after his degree he served as a psychologist at Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, an Army teaching hospital, until 1971. He is survived by his brother John Busey, wife Patricia, daughter Kathryn, and son Luke, as well as many beloved friends. Upon leaving the Army he began the practice of psychology in San Francisco, where he stayed until 1994. In 1991 he moved to Red Bluff, CA, with his wife, Patricia, whom he married in 1985. He had a joint practice in both cities until his work in Red Bluff allowed him to stop the long commute to the city. He worked in Red Bluff until his death, where he specialized in chronic pain, victims of crime, and general psychology, including work with the courts. He was active in the media. His first talk-radio program was at KFAX-AM in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1988-90. He then had a radio show, Conversations from Rural America, on KBLF-AM in Red Bluff, where for 10 years he interviewed both local guests and authors, thinkers, and others "from the uncivilized world outside." Along the way he did weekly guest spots on the noon news of KRCR, Ch. 7 in Redding, and he hosted several local TV community-interest segments in Chico. He finally began debating liberal attorney Dugan Barr in a daily "Point Counterpoint" show that lasted over 7 years. He also did a column, "Ask Dr. Joe" in the Tehama Trader advertising newspaper for almost 10 years. In his earlier career he taught at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State, Dominican College of San Rafael, UC-Berkeley Extension, and the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, where he became Dean of Faculty. For several years he was a teaching member of the Family Therapy Institute of Marin. He married and had his children later in life. His wife, Patricia, was from Alameda and is a master upholsterer as well as a student of theology. His daughter, Kathryn, is a champion fiddle player and college student at Sacramento State, and his son, Luke, will be attending University of California, San Diego in Fall 2013. He and his wife were fortunate enough to take their children all over the U.S., Europe, and finally to Kenya, where they did missionary work. He and his children have been members of the Red Bluff Masterworks Chorale. Dr. Joe had been organist at Trinity Fellowship in Berkeley, affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Association, and he and his family were at one time members of Community Baptist Church, in Red Bluff. He was a Board Member of the Spiritual Counterfeits Project [SCP] in Berkeley, a conservative Christian think tank, and also a Board Member of Kenya Evangelical Mission in Fremont, CA. In his minimal spare time he enjoyed sports and was the "old man" in an early-morning long-running basketball game as well as an average racquetball player. In addition to singing he played many instruments, including an accordion he rarely foisted upon people. He enjoyed reading and talking about philosophy, religion, medical sciences, and many other subjects. His only regret, albeit a minor one, was that he didn't have his children earlier - though if he'd done so they wouldn't be the wonderful ones he leaves behind with his exceptional wife. He looks forward with joy and trepidation to being with the Lord. Joe's memorial service will be on May 4th at one in the afternoon, located at Community Baptist Church, 598 Roundup Ave. in Red Bluff, California. You may donate in Joe's name to CareNet in Red Bluff, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) (www.hslda.com - click on donate) or to Joseph Busey's memorial fund at Tri-Counties Bank located at 727 South Main Street, Red Bluff, California 96080 (inside of Raley's), which is a college fund for his two children - check's must be payable to his wife, Patricia Busey.
Published in Daily News on Apr. 30, 2013
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