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Karen Ann De Fraga


1942 - 2017 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Karen Ann De Fraga Obituary
October 26, 1942 - April 20, 2017 Dr. Karen Ann De Fraga passed away April 20th, 2017. She died peacefully surrounded by friends, her children and grandchildren, following a brave, seven-year battle with cancer. The only child of Jesse and Jewel Fraga, Karen grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. She attended San Jose State College and Whitworth University, where she graduated in 1964. That same year, she married David Corbin, they had two children, Michael David Corbin and Nicole Marie Corbin-Hefty. Karen valued family above all else. Karen earned her master's in Psychology from Pepperdine University in 1968, and taught in the Psychology Department at Pepperdine. In late 1969, she moved to Nashville, where she led community-based group therapies and helped establish a drug counseling center for the underprivileged. She returned to Pasadena in 1973, earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1976. Karen committed to providing affordable mental healthcare within her community. In 1977, Karen was Executive Director of the Pasadena Mental Health Center. And maintained a clinical private practice in La Cañada and Altadena for over 40 years. Karen loved her work and continued to see clients the week she died. Karen's great passions included reading, travel and time spent with family and friends. She explored over 20 countries, many of which were known for their wine. Karen was a wine enthusiast who loved learning about wine. She loved the theater and would equally enjoy a play at the Mark Taper or dancing at a Reggae concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Karen is survived by her son and daughter and their families, including five beautiful grandchildren whom she adored. Her family and friends will miss her wonderful spirit, but know she made the world a better place.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 2 to May 6, 2017
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