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Dr. E. Mark Stern

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Dr. E. Mark Stern

Clinton Corners - Dr. E. Mark Stern passed away peacefully on March 11, 2014. He was born in New York City on December 5, 1929.

He was a distinguished clinical humanistic/existential psychologist; a pioneer in graduate level training in pastoral counseling; and author, co-author and editor of many books on the cross-fertilization of humanistic psychology and belief systems. For nearly 50 years, Dr. Stern, a board-certified clinical psychologist, was in private practice in New York City. He was also Professor Emeritus of the Graduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Iona College, New Rochelle; Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Pastoral Counseling and of VOICES: The Journal of the American Academy of Psychotherapists; and Founding Editor of the Psychotherapy Patient Monograph Series.

Dr. Stern was Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at the Center for Humanistic Studies, Seton Hall University; Visiting Professor, The National Catholic University (Australia); Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Fordham University; and adjunct clinical supervisor, Ferkauf Graduate School of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Psychoanalysis. He was a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science and a Diplomat in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology . Dr. Stern was a member of Psi Chi the National Honor Society in Psychology and Phi Delta Kappa, a professional fraternity in education. He served as a member of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association as well as president of two divisions: the Psychology of Religion and Humanistic Psychology. This year he is receiving an award from the American Psychological Association for Lifetime Contributions to Humanistic Psychology.

In his semi-retirement he was a member of the Dutchess County Mental Hygiene Commission and a member of the Executive Board of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee.

Dr. Stern is survived by his wife Virginia Fraser Stern; children Sarah (Thomas) Crowell, Cailean (Darren) Press, and Cameron (Rebecca) Stern; and six beloved grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Habitat for Humanity, Oxfam or Amnesty International would be appreciated.

All friends are welcome on Saturday, March 15th from 6 - 9 pm at the Burnett and White Funeral Home, 91 Market Street, Rhinebeck with an informal service at 7pm.

A memorial mass will be held in the chapel at St. Paul the Apostle, 415 W. 59th Street, NY, NY at 11am, Saturday, March 22.

Interment will be in Green River Cemetery, E. Hampton, NY.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 91 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

For directions, or to sign the online guestbook, please visit

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Mar. 13 to Mar. 15, 2014
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