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Daniel Robert Bellack CHARLESTON - Daniel Robert Bellack, 73, left this life on Thursday March 14, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Yongmei, in-laws Maoyin Wang and Min Fang, sons Jason (Danielle) and Braden (Kelly), sister Sandi Bellack (Vido Chavez), three grandchildren (Liam, who had an especially close relationship with his PopPop, and twins Nathaniel and Amelia), his former wife (Jan), and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, William "Billy" and Terri Bellack. Dan was born on January 15, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York, but spent most of his childhood in Miami, Florida. He attended the University of Miami, and received bachelor's, master's, and specialist degrees from the University of Florida, where he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. Dan moved to Virginia in 1973 and worked as a college counselor. He and his family then moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where he attended the University of Kentucky and earned his PhD in cognitive developmental psychology. While there, he became an avid lifetime Kentucky Wildcats fan. Dan devoted his career to being in the classroom with students. He served on the faculty and as department head of behavioral and social sciences at Lexington (KY) Technical College. Upon relocating to Charleston in 1988, he served as visiting professor of psychology at the College of Charleston, and in 1992 joined the faculty at Trident Technical College, where he also served as department head of behavioral and social sciences for more than 20 years. He continued to teach there until his death. He also served as visiting professor of psychology at the Citadel Graduate College for more than 20 years. Co-author of a psychology textbook, Visualizing the Lifespan (Wiley, 2015), Dan was an invited regular presenter at the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology. He was a member of the American Psychological Association and the South Carolina Psychological Association, and a Fellow of the Foundation for Critical Thinking. His research focused on pedagogy in the classroom and critical thinking. He served as a reviewer and consultant to publishers for numerous introductory and developmental psychology textbooks. Notably, he presented at TEDx-Charleston in April 2018. Dan was a great teacher, beloved by thousands of students whose lives he touched. He also was an avid musician and accomplished trumpet player. An inaugural member of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, he played with the Charleston Community Band for more than 20 years, and in many concerts, theater, and social events over the years. Known best for his wit and sarcastic humor, Dan brought smiles to the faces of his family, friends, students, coworkers, and even strangers he met in passing. He often used his gift of humor to create welcoming learning environments for his students and to alleviate tense moments of discussion with friends and family alike. His gift for making others laugh will be greatly missed by those who had the privilege of knowing him. Funeral services will be private. A celebration of Dan's life will be held on Sunday, March 24th at 3:00 pm with a gathering of the Trident Technical College community, Building 920. In lieu of flowers (no flowers, please), donations may be made to the Daniel R. Bellack Memorial Scholarship at Trident Technical College Foundation, PO Box 61227, Charleston SC 29419-1227 to honor Dan's life and legacy in perpetuity. Every dollar donated will be matched by an anonymous donor. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston


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Published in Charleston Post & Courier from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2019.
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July 25, 2020
Danny was not only a friend, but a true childhood buddy. I was honored to have been chosen to light one of the candles at his bar mitzvah. Haven't seen or talked to Danny in 55 years. I can say, for sure, he'll ALWAYS be in many fond memories of our youthful days in NMB
fred Oswald.....he called me Freddie
Friend
March 15, 2020
Dear Sandi,Our hearts are with you this time of the 1st Anniversary of the loss of Danny. He will always be missed by many,many who knew,loved and admired him.

Neil and Helen Perlmutter
March 14, 2020
Remembering Danny at the anniversary date and thinking once again what a great loss to so many that he had brought good times and smiles to and to so many more that he never had the opportunity to touch. Thinking also of how sad it was that I waited so long to reach out and reconnect with my old friend.
Remembering the many good times we shared.

Stephen Goldstein
March 13, 2020
Danny, tomorrow will be the 1 year anniversary of your passing. We miss you everyday and I'm sending you lots of love and hugs, wherever you may be. YSS
December 21, 2019
So sorry to hear, my condolences.
Sam Hepler
November 16, 2019
Yongmei,
this is Stephen and Honi Goldstein.
I'm contacting you as I just learned of Danny's passing on March 14th. I was a roommate of Danny's in Gainesville, at the U of Fla. along with Les Barnett and Jim Stirling. I have been best friends with Hope and Les Barnett since back in school. Danny and I last got together back in the early 80's when he and Jan came to our home in North Miami with his 2 sons. We spent the day with my kids as well. Oddly enough I had recently reconnected with our old roommate, Jim Stirling and we've been talking about getting together with the 4 roommates for a 50th reunion so I've been thinking about Danny the past few weeks and talking about him with Jim. I went on line today looking to find Danny and discovered his passing. I know we had lost touch for a long time, but I always had a special love for Danny and his kind heart and incredible dry sense of humor and wit. I saw his lecture that he did about Fake News while I was on line and listened to it just to watch him and hear his voice. His humor was very evident as in the past and it was good to see it had not changed. I also saw the memorial to him with the photos to the tune of "Old Danny Boy". I must confess I had tears in my eyes watching it and still do as I write this message to you.
I have thought of Danny over the years often as my wife and I go to the horse racing track at Gulfstream in North Miami and it was Danny's father, Billy who taught Danny and I how to read the racing form in the 70's after graduation. I also recall him playing a tape of Alvin and the Chipmunks singing Christmas songs when the kids were little which seemed to be a favorite of one of the boys at that time. Danny was one of the kindest people I've ever met and I was glad to see he had such a successful career in teaching which I know he loved. I am extremely sorry to hear of his passing and especially sorry that I missed a chance to get together with him as we were planning to do. It is unquestionably my loss not to have been able to see him again and share our old memories and stories. We were all looking forward to it. Lesson learned - Don't put off till tomorrow those important things you should do today.
I spoke to Les Barnett, whose wife Hope I understand you were frequent email pals with. He was equally saddened and surprised and was looking forward to linking up.
I hope you and the kids are well. Again, we are very sorry for your loss as we can only imagine the good times you both must have had together with his warmth and humor. MY email is sjgoldstein47@gmail.com if you have any news or information to share.
Stephen Goldstein
June 21, 2019
I just found out you left and I am sadden and shock. To his family, I aways called him Dr. Dan. We loved to talk about USC and UK football. And of course psychology. You will be missed.
As you always said...thanks for all you do!! God bless the family.
Ms. Thomas, LPC
Beverly Thomas
April 10, 2019
I am saddened at the untimely passing of such an amazing + kind soul who made a positive impact upon so many lives, myself included! Dan wasn't just a wonderful professor (Psychology), but he was also a great friend! His legacy will forever live on in the hearts + lives of those he touched. ♥
Sasha Azevedo
Student
April 2, 2019
We grew up in North Miami Beach together and as classmates/bandmembers at NMSH. Your parents played at my Bar Mitzvah. Great memories with them and you. You touched a lot of people and will be missed. Comfort to all and Shalom !!!
Niles Baker
April 1, 2019
MFD (my friend Dan) I would not have become a teacher without your love and encouragement. Our long friendship has meant so much to me. I am forever indebted to you for helping me grow. I treasure every memory, every funny saying, every time you made me face something I didn't want to, but needed to. You have left behind a rich, rich legacy in so many peoples' worlds. Shalom, my friend.
robin waldron
March 29, 2019
I had the good fortune of being taught cognitive development psych by Dr. Bellack at the College of Charleston in 1991. He was my favorite professor in all my years of college, and his class my most meaningful. Twenty-nine years later, my college friends from the same class have the same fond memories of Dr. B that I do. We still talk about his class and we laugh with the wonderful memories of his wit, wisdom, and ability to connect with his students. I have a child on the autism spectrum, which makes Dr. B's class and what I learned from him even more profound. What a wonderful teacher and human he was. I will never forget him. My sincere condolences to his family. If the sorrow of others, known and unknown to you, is any comfort at all, know that you have it in abundance. I am grateful for my time in his classroom, and honored to have called him professor and friend.
Margaret Hane Murphy
March 22, 2019
Come back, honey, please...
Mei
March 20, 2019
Dr. Bellack left an incredible impression on me during his Human Development class. Incredibly smart man, with an amazing sense of humor. Im blown away by this heart wrenching news. My heart goes out to his family. Dr. B, youre a cool cat.
E. Cowan
Student
March 20, 2019
To my dear brother - you made such a positive impression on so many people with your talent, incredible wit, words of wisdom and love...more than you know. I will always remember you as my biggest critic and yet my fiercest protector. You inspired me in so may ways. I will always look up to you and you will remain in my heart forever. Until we meet again...YSS
Sandi Bellack
March 20, 2019
My cousin, Danny.
For some reason, I always gave him a title before saying his name.
Then I realized why.
He was a prince among us.
One of the funniest, smartest, most talented and warmest people I ever knew.
The memories of our childhood silliness is cherished.
Those can never be taken from me.
And although I can't see you anymore, my cousin Danny,
You will always be smiling right in the middle of my heart.
Your loving cousin and fellow Sabatini Brother performer, Iris
March 20, 2019
Dan ... you will be missed by so many; but remembering you will continue to inspire us all. Thanks for all you have shared ...
david falcone
March 20, 2019
You will forever be in our hearts dear cousin Danny.
Neil & Helen Perlmutter
March 19, 2019
Shocked and saddened to hear that Dan has passed away. I played with him in the Community Band for years and he was always so nice to interact with--his humor and warmth will be remembered by so many. He always spoke of his family with such warmth and pride. He was also very principled and passionate about causes close to his heart. My deepest sympathy. Mary Scholtens
Mary and Scholtens
March 19, 2019
Dan was an amazing, talented and wonderful co-worker and friend. It was always a pleasure to have a nice chat. He made all the people around him feel better! He was also an incredible teacher. Even after all his years teaching, he still loved being in a classroom. His wicked sense of humor will greatly be missed! I also have wonderful memories of him playing trumpet at my wedding 20 years ago. He was one talented human being. You will be so very greatly missed, Dan the Man!
Page Adgani
March 19, 2019
It was a true pleasure working with Professor Bellack during our current Spring Semester Human Growth & Development Course, The Citadel Graduate College. He was a great educator and a true gentleman. He will be missed by the students in his course.
Blake Nestok
March 19, 2019
I will all miss his wit, his kindness and his laughter. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, friend, and teacher. He left every life he touched better just by knowing him. I will miss him terribly. Gone too soon.
Patricia Zahn
March 19, 2019
Dan was one of the most intelligent and kindest people I've ever known. He had a wicked sense of humor and stood for justice. He will always be in my heart.

Sincere condolences to his family.
Autumn Pike-Munday
March 19, 2019
So incredibly grateful to have been a student in Dr. Bellacks class, and an attendee of his Tedx talk. He was truly the most educated, kind, and humorous person I have had the privilege of meeting. He will be missed.
Jenny Bergmann
March 19, 2019
In fond rememberance of a dignified man, masterful teacher, relevant scholar, servant leader and respectful humorist. Godspeed, Dan Bellack
Don Ammons
March 19, 2019
It was such a pleasure to be taught by Dr. Dan, he was a favorite among the Citadel counseling students. I will never forget his sarcastic wit and enthusiasm for teaching. Dr. Dan was a young spirit with a vibrant energy that will be so deeply missed.
Tara Cothran
March 19, 2019
Mei, Sending prayers for peace and comfort to you and yours. Cherish all the loving memories and hold them forever in your heart.
Regina Smart
March 19, 2019
It was an honor to know this man. I will miss working with Dan and sharing stories about grandchildren.
Charlotte Infinger
March 19, 2019
I had the pleasure of making music with Dan for many years in the Charleston Community Band, as well as in the pit orchestra for several musical theatre productions. He was always positive, and a joy to be around. I'll miss him very much, and my condolences to all of his family.
Larry Gale
March 19, 2019
Dan always brought a warm greeting and sincere smile to everyone he met. This was his gift to us all.
ed pezzoli
March 19, 2019
A truly remarkable and memorable man that had the gift of making people laugh. My brother-in-law forever.
Larry Peacock
March 19, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I had the privilege to hear Dan speak at TedX Charleston 2018.
Kim Pardo
March 19, 2019
Dan was one of the best men I have ever known
Roger West
March 19, 2019
I miss you MDD ❤
Danielle Bellack
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