John Alfred Bailey(1929 - 2012)

John Alfred Bailey

Dec. 21, 1929

Dec. 21, 2012

John Alfred Bailey, 83, died December 21, 2012 on his birthday in Reno, Nevada.

Born December 21, 1929 in Omaha, Nebraska, he was a counselor, school psychologist and guidance director 1956-1963 in Grand Island, Nebraska. John joined the University of Nevada faculty in 1963, until his retirement in 1988.

John was the Creator of the University of Nevada Graduate School's Counseling and Educational Psychology Department in 1968. Professor Bailey was its first decade Chair. He was elected to multiple leadership posts in faculty governance.

Dr. Bailey received many national, state and university awards, including ones at each level now perpetually named in his honor.

Author of over 60 publications, journal editor, keynote speaker at national and inter-national conventions, association president, he was nationally elected to serve 8 years on the Board of Directors, and to leadership roles within it, of the American Counseling Association. The 60,000 membership ACA awarded him its highest 1980 recognition.

From 1967-1976, Dr. Bailey was 1 of 9 advisers to the secretaries of Labor and was the Department of Labor's counseling consultant to 8 western states. A USAF COL (Ret.), at age 18, he became a USMC Sgt., later a Korean War Infantry LT.

John set up the John A. Bailey Professional Expectancy Award Endowment in Counseling Fund. This perpetual Endowment has given away over $75,000 to over 25 noteworthy counseling students. The award plaques with their names hang in the College of Education.

Surviving is his wife, DeLores of Fargo, son, Paul, and his sons, Nicolas and Benjamin, all of Reno; granddaughters, Julie Powell and Rachel Robison, Reno.

The viewing is scheduled for Friday January 4th from 4 to 7 pm at Walton Funeral Home, located at 875 W. Second Street, Reno. The Funeral is scheduled for 11 am on January 5th at the Mountain View Mausoleum, located at 435 Stoker Ave, Reno, Nevada with full military honors. Reception immediately following at Boulevard Pizza, 1076 North Rock Boulevard, Sparks Nevada. Everyone knew John loved his Shakey's pizza, Rojos potatoes and an ice-cold beer or two.

My family would like to thank Renown Medical Center for the wonderful care my father received and the caring and compassion that they showed towards him and us. We would also like to thank Roxana Bushman and Edward Caramat of Golden Years care home for the outstanding service they provided my father for six years. Both of them should be given great credit for my father's happiness and safety in both good times and bad. They have become like family to us and we were fortunate to have found them by pure accident. My father's death has affected them also.

You are invited to leave a condolence message in the Book of Memories at the website


Funeral Home

Walton's Funerals & Cremations - Sierra Chapel
875 West 2nd Street Reno, NV 89503

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Dec. 30, 2012 to Jan. 2, 2013