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Richard Kopp

Kopp, Richard Royal May 15, 1942 - July 23, 2012 Richard Royal Kopp, 70, passed away peacefully on July 23, 2012, after many productive years of living with end stage renal disease. Rich is survived by his devoted wife Frances Willson, his daughter Carrie and son David, brother and sister-in-law Eugene and Claire, and his "second family," the children and grandchildren of Frances Willson. Richard was born in New York City on May 15, 1942, and moved to California in 1960. After a baccalaureate from UCLA, he enrolled in the Human Development graduate program at the University of Chicago, earning a doctorate in 1973. Richard then returned to California to practice and teach clinical psychology. He was a noted Adlerian psychologist, author, and - for many years - Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), where his legacy includes many former students who are now distinguished clinical psychologists. End stage renal disease did not deprive Rich of his zest for life; on kidney dialysis for almost the last thirty years, his indomitable spirit was such that he used dialysis time for much of his writing and lesson preparation. Rich would often liven up a gathering of family or friends by reaching for his guitar and singing humorous songs, many of his own creation. He and his wife loved to travel and did so despite the inconvenience of requiring dialysis. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral service. A memorial service is planned for the afternoon of Sunday, August 12th, location to be determined. Those who wish to commemorate Richard's life are invited to donate to the Dr. Richard Kopp Scholarship Fund at the Los Angeles campus of CSPP.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 26, 2012
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