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Janette Munkittrick Rainwater

1922 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Janette Munkittrick Rainwater Obituary
September 11, 1922 - March 7, 2016 Janette Rainwater, writer and retired clinical psychologist, died March 7, 2016 in Ojai, CA surrounded by friends, family and her animals at the age of 93. She has been a resident of Pacific Palisades since 1982, having moved there after her marriage in 1982 to William Walter Parsons, a happy Palisades resident since 1966. She was born September 11, 1922 to Cameron and Lell Anna Bitzer Munkittrick in Summit, New Jersey. Her first marriage to Clarence Saunders Rainwater ended in divorce. They had one child, Michael Vance Rainwater of Sammamish, Washington. Her 1964 PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley launched her on a 35-year career as a psychotherapist which ended only when her hearing loss mandated it. In the Bay Area she worked at the San Francisco State College Counseling Center in addition to a private practice. She was a founding member of the emerging Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles, an early president of the organization and one of its trainers for the first 15 years. She initiated and managed the institute's annual summer European residential training program for its first decade, and conducted more than 500 workshops in this country as well as in Europe and Asia. Towards the end of the cold war, she did extensive training in Eastern Europe- USSR/Russia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia- teaching Western-style psychotherapy, and specially her brand of gestalt/psychosynthesis, to therapists trained in behavior modification. She recalled this as some of the most gratifying years of her practice. As a writer, she sold a number of magazine articles, did photo-journalism with her husband, and taught a course on Creative Writing at the University of Miami Extension. Vision and A Dragon in a Wagon were published by Golden Books in the 1960s. You're in Charge: A Guide to Becoming Your Own Therapist (1979) became a calling-card for invitations to do workshops. It has been translated into twelve languages and is still in print in English and a few other languages. 2060: a love story in a utopian future (2007) was self-published as an instrument by which to present a high-concept idea to film producers. From the New Deal to the Raw Deal: An Annotated Chronology of the Events that Have Changed the United States (876 pages) is both unfinished and unpublished. The first chapters are available for reading on her web site, www.janrainwater.com as well as two chapters of You're in Charge. She was pre-deceased by her very dear husband, Bill Parsons, in September, 1991. In addition to her son, she is survived by two grandchildren, Austin Michael Rainwater of Seattle and Erika Rainwater Walker and her two children of Sammamish WA. Janette cherished what she called her "Ojai family": Joy Maguire-Parsons and her three children, Jemma, Brewster, and Jules and her husband Rick Thompson.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 19 to Mar. 21, 2016
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