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William W. Crain

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William W. Crain Obituary
July 17, 1926 - February 10, 2018 William W. Crain, PhD, died on February 10 at the age of 91. Dr. Crain worked as a clinical psychologist, first with the California Youth Authority and then in private practice. He wrote two acclaimed books, The Wayfarers and The Psycho Squad, which poignantly described ordinary people's emotional lives. Colleagues knew him as a wise and caring professional who could draw rare insights from the Rorschach (inkblot) test. He was called upon to comment on the mental condition of Sirhan Sirhan during the trial for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy. As a psychotherapist, Dr. Crain valued the perspective of Carl Jung and the belief that unconscious processes guide us toward health. Dr. Crain also had deep empathy for the socially disenfranchised, including undocumented immigrants and the poor. He loved books and sports, rooting especially hard for the Lakers. Growing up in Los Angeles, Dr. Crain attended Benjamin Franklin High School before joining the Coast Guard and serving in the Pacific during the Second World War. In 1943, he married his high school sweetheart, Kay Janet Welson. After the war, he attended Occidental College on the GI Bill and then received a doctorate from the Claremont Graduate School. In addition to his wife, Kay, Dr. Crain is survived by his brother Robert Crain; two sons, Bill and Stephen Crain; and many relatives, including grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His family and friends miss him dearly. A memorial service will be announced.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 13, 2018
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