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Ralph Erle Matkin


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Ralph Erle Matkin Obituary
August 22, 1946 - July 24, 2017 Dr. Ralph Erle Matkin died of cancer on 24 July 2017 at home in Southern California. He was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and kept in close contact with his lifelong Pem-Day school friends. He graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in 1969. From 1969-1971, Ralph served as a U.S. Army medic. In Vietnam, Ralph joined the 101st "Screaming Eagles" Airborne Division. He saved many lives due to his selflessness and courage, for which he was awarded the Combat Medic Badge, 2 Silver Stars, a Bronze Star w/Combat V, 2 Purple Hearts, an Air Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was Honorably Discharged as a Specialist 5 and served as a reservist in the California State Guard from 1988-1998, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Ralph earned a Master's degree in Education in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Doctorate in Rehabilitation Services from Southern Illinois University, where he also served as an adjunct professor. From 1987-2009, Ralph was a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at California State University in Long Beach, CA. He was also Director of career and rehabilitation counseling programs at CSULB from 1992-2004 and an emeritus professor since 2009. Ralph's academic career included many honors, such as the Mary E. Switzer Research Fellow; national finalist of The President's Commission on White House Fellowships; and several national research awards from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, Rehabilitation Administration Association and American Counseling Association. A published author of over 60 articles, book chapters, and textbooks, Ralph also reviewed manuscripts for several professional journals for almost 20 years. He is survived by his brother, Bob.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 27 to July 28, 2017
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