F. JACOBS, PhD
Sept. 28, 1922 - March 2, 2013
Dr. Durand (Dewey) Jacobs moved to Redlands, California in 1977, to become the first Chief of Psychology Service at the Jerry L. Pettis Veterans Administration Hospital, where he served until 1990. Previously, he was Chief of Psychology at four different VA Hospitals, including the VA in Brecksville, Ohio from 1961-1973, and at the consolidated Brecksville / Wade Park VA Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio from 1973-1977. At the age of 90, after a long illness, he died at the Loma Linda Veterans Administration Hospital.
His accomplishments, inspiration and legacy live on in the difference he has made in the many lives he touched through his guidance, caring, counsel, mentoring, teaching, research, leadership and laughter. Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Michigan, he received his BS and Masters degrees from the University of Michigan
; served in the United States Army
from 1942-1946, and received his PhD from Michigan State University
A Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology, he was a professor of Psychiatry at Loma Linda University Medical School, and during his career, held academic appointments at 12 universities and colleges. He authored over 60 professional publications, and presented papers at over 150 conferences and symposia nationally and internationally. He was Chairman, Committee on Standards for Providers of Psychological Services, 1975-1980; President of the California State Psychological Association in 1989; 1st Vice President of the National Council on Problem Gambling from 1991-1999, and for the past 40 years, was directly involved in treatment, training of health professionals and research on addictive behaviors. In 1972, Dr. Jacobs was instrumental in establishing the first inpatient treatment program for compulsive gamblers. He published The General Theory of Addictions in 1982, a ground-breaking model for understanding and treating addictive patterns of behavior, and focused his subsequent research on underlying risk factors such as early childhood trauma and the prevention and treatment for adolescent and high risk populations.
He received the Herman Goldman Foundation Award for his "dedication, support and continuing research efforts highlighting the consequences of compulsive gambling on families and youth." In 1995 he was honored by the Harvard Medical School, Division on Addictions for lifelong achievements in the study of youth gambling. In 2003, Dr. Jacobs was recognized by The International Centre for Youth Gambling and High Risk Behaviors at McGill University for pioneering contributions to the field of youth gambling; and by the University of Nevada for lifelong contributions to gambling research and policy.
Active in his Redlands community, he was a two-time president of both the Loyal Knights of the Round Table and of of the Torch Club. He also served as president of the Fortnight Club. He was a member of the Labyrinth Committee at the University of Redlands (2002-2004) and a member of the Board of Directors, Friends of the Edward-Dean Museum, Cherry Valley. He was a citizen of the world who loved traveling, fishing, big water, mountains and the great outdoors.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Lenore Sobel Jacobs; daughter Beth J. Gillispie and husband Steve; sons William W. Jacobs and wife Linda, and Timothy Jacobs and wife Peggy; 10 grandchildren: Samantha, Aubrey, James, Elaina, Jessica Jacobs; Sean, Carrie, Daniel Gillispie; Phelan and Sasha Wyrick; great-grandchildren Valory and Abraham Wyrick; and countless colleagues and cherished friends.
The family welcomes friends and colleagues to participate in a tribute to celebrate his life at the Jerry L. Pettis Veterans Administration Hospital, Main Auditorium, on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 2.p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Durand F. Jacobs Endowment, International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors, McGill University, 3724 McTavish, Montreal, Quebec H3A1Y2.