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Sonia M. Nevis


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Sonia M. Nevis Obituary
Sonia March Nevis, Beloved Gestalt Psychologist, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on September 10, 2017 at the age of 90. Sonia was co-founder of the Gestalt International Study Center (GISC), an educational organization in Wellfleet, MA that she started in 1979 with her husband. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 10, 1927, and married Edwin C. Nevis on February 1, 1948. She graduated from Brooklyn College and received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Western Reserve University. Sonia was a student of Fritz and Laura Perls, Isadore From and Paul Goodman, and she practiced and taught Gestalt concepts worldwide throughout her life. She helped found the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in 1956, where she created the Center for Intimate Systems, devoted to the training of couples and family therapists. She is the primary contributor to the development of the innovative Cape Cod Model, and was the founder and senior faculty member of the Cape Cod Training Program, which she taught for over 35 years. In addition to being devoted to her family, Sonia continued to teach and maintain a private practice into her mid-eighties, and she was deeply loved and appreciated by many, many people throughout the world. Sonia was predeceased by her husband of sixty-three years, Edwin C. Nevis, and is survived by her daughter Melanie Ruth Nevis of Brooklyn NY; her daughter Amy Ruth Nevis and son-in-law Matthew A. Kamholtz, grandson Samuel Nevis Kamholtz and his fianc Jessica T. Broadley, grandson Aaron Nevis Kamholtz and his wife Samara A. Bell, and great-grandson Emmett Joseph Kamholtz, all of Brookline, MA; brother Ronald March and sister-in-law Lila March of Wykoff, NJ; and numerous loving nieces and nephews and their families. A memorial service celebrating Sonias life will be held on Sunday, October 1, at 2:00 p.m. at the GISC Meeting House in Wellfleet. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nevis Scholarship Fund at GISC.
Published in The Brookline Tab from Sept. 17 to Sept. 28, 2017
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