MEDIA, PA – Leighton C. Whitaker, Jr., PhD, ABPP, of Media, died on May 10, 2018, in Newtown Square.
Born in Chester in February 1932 to Helen and Leighton Whitaker Sr., and predeceased by his parents and sister, Doris Whitaker Schaffer, Lee, as he was known, is survived by his wife, Suzanne; their three children, Corinne, Priscilla, and Benjamin; a grandson; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
After a long career serving mental health needs as an educator, author, and therapist, including as a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Director of that institution's mental health services (1970s), and working as a highly respected editor of numerous mental health journals, Lee continued his private practice into his 80s. His ninety professional publications address clinical and social subjects, including college-student suicide, schizophrenia (he developed the WIST, Whitaker Index of Schizophrenic Thinking), and understanding and preventing violence.
A lover of Shostakovich, The Ink Spots, sports, and barking out car windows at dogs, Lee will be profoundly missed by his family, a lifetime of patients and colleagues, countless readers, and a world in search of emotional healing.
A private family burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages a gift to a charity of your choice
, support for a dog-rescue or therapy-dog organization, or a gesture to reduce violence in the world.
Online condolences: www.donohuefuneralhome.com
Arrs. by: The Donohue Funeral Home, Newtown Square, PA 610-353-6300
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