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Dr. Allen Edward Segrist


1931 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
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Dr. Allen Edward Segrist

West Lafayette - Dr. Allen Edward Segrist, 86, from West Lafayette, IN passed away peacefully and unexpectedly in his chair at his beloved cottage on Douglas Lake in Pellston, MI on July 24, 2018. Al was preceded in death by his wife, Donna May Segrist, one daughter, Anne Louise Segrist, and one son, James "Jim" William Segrist, Sister Jean Lou Rearick (Milt), Sister-in-law, Mim, and baby Brother William H. Segrist.

Surviving are three sons, Don (Sharon) Segrist of Onsted, MI; Andy Segrist of Portland, OR; and Kurt (Elizabeth) Segrist of Bend, OR; two grandsons, Jim and Sam and two granddaughters, Erin and Caitlin; one brother, Richard (Sandy) Segrist of Howard, OH ; one sister, Sue (Milton) Hollinger of Prairie Du Sac, WI; Sister-in-law Carol Segrist of Saugatuck, MI and a large group of loving and devoted in-laws cousins, nieces and nephews.

Al, known as "Sonny" in his childhood, was born on September 11, 1931 in Wauseon, OH to Clifford "Clif" Bayes Segrist and Dorothy Goodwin Segrist. Al was the oldest of their five children raised in Delta, OH. Al attended Delta High School where he had perfect attendance and graduated Valedictorian of his class in '49. He went on to Miami University in Oxford, OH where he joined Lambda Chi Alpha and earned his BA in '53. Al was then drafted into the US Army to serve in the Korean War where he spent two years in South Korea and Japan. Upon his return, he married Donna May Grisier Segrist on July 24, 1955 in Wauseon, OH. Al went on to earn both a MEd and PhD in Counseling Education from Ohio State University.

Al taught at Ohio State and in Shaker Heights, OH before relocating to Indiana where he spent the majority of his adult life in the West Lafayette community. He was a professor in the Counseling Education Department at Purdue University for 30 years where he retired as the Department Head in 1996.

Al loved teaching and connecting with people. He was a member of various groups including American Counseling Association, pioneering the forefront of the counseling and self-awareness movement. Al studied at Esalen and took every opportunity to craft his professional skills. He lead semi-annual workshops at the Purdue University A-frame and was always actively cultivating his craft which he enjoyed sharing widely. He was a gifted listener and lifelong learner. Al played golf, was a member of the Elks Club, and connected and highly celebrated member of Lambda Chi Alpha for over sixty years where he served as a life-long advisor and was awarded to the Zeta-Upsilon Zeta Honor Roll at Lambda Chi Alpha on March 26 2011.

Al was a member of Saint Andrew United Methodist Church where he participated and taught in Adult Study classes. He was a supporter of the Lafayette Civic Theater and a Co-founder of The Compassionate Friends of Greater Lafayette, serving families dealing with the loss of a child.

Along with his love of golf, Al enjoyed card games and playing the piano. He liked traveling and attending arts and entertainment events. Each year, Al looked forward to summer to return to the lake of his childhood and also to attend - The Shindig - a weeklong family reunion formed in honor of his late son, Jim. Above all, Al was a devoted family man and placed the highest value on relationships. His most prized were with his late wife, his children, siblings, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. Al was a teacher, a listener, and a consummate advisor. His loss leaves a giant hole in the lives of those who knew and loved him.

A celebratory memorial service for Al will be held on Saturday, September 29th at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in West Lafayette. Visitation at 10:00am, ceremony at 11:30 am, with lunch following.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: Compassionate Friends - Greater Lafayette Chapter; Lambda Chi Alpha Foundation; Saint Andrew United Methodist Church.
Published in the Journal & Courier on Aug. 5, 2018
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