Tracy Lee Veach
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June 13, 1942
September 4, 2011
Tracy Veach passed away on Sunday, September 4th. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Christine, his son Ian Veach and wife Lesley, daughter Alisa Johnson and husband Sean, three grandchildren Sasha, Annika, Will, and brother Kirby Veach and his wife Rebecca Davis of San Francisco.
Tracy was a Professor in Psychiatry and Associate Dean, Emeritus, having retired two years ago from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Born in Oakland California, Tracy graduated from San Francisco State with a BA and Masters Degree in Psychology. He received his Ed.D. Degree from the University of Nevada, where he taught for 32 years and was a leader in medical education. Tracy was a teacher's teacher, loving the changes he could affect in students' lives. Many an undergraduate and graduate student benefited from his support and true caring.
Ever an ongoing student of humanity himself, Tracy enjoyed challenging philosophical and psychological conversations on the evolution of man and society - how we learn and can develop into better human beings and social institutions. Even after retirement, he continued being a teacher and mentor as a ski instructor, a University of Phoenix professor, and a consultant, as well as donating his time to the Crisis Call Center and other organizations.
As a passionate outdoorsman and world traveler, Tracy packed in as much as life would hold. He enjoyed mountain climbing, sailing, hiking, backpacking and skiing. A black belt in the martial arts, he was also a marathon runner, having successfully completed the Western States 100 Mile Run at the age of 50 years old.
An adventurer at heart, his world travels took him to the far reaches of 6 continents, from Tierra del Fuego to Kyrgyzstan, Australia to Africa. A return to Europe was in the planning stages at the time of his untimely death.
Tracy helped many people along life's way and will be dearly missed by family, friends, and colleagues. His richly filled life - one of enjoying the good things in life and one in doing good for others -- is both an example and a wonderful testimony to a life well lived.
No funeral will be held. A gathering of family and close friends will be planned. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Crisis Call Center and Doctors Without Borders. Most of all, the family would appreciate friends sharing memories of Tracy at www.veachmemorial.com.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Sept. 11, 2011