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Brunla Van Cleve March 18, 1931-Oct. 21, 2009 Brunla Anne Van Cleve, Ph.D., humanitarian, author, musician, teacher, psychologist, mother, wife, sister and friend succumbed after six years to the ravages of Parkinson's disease and dementia. She was the loving daughter of Claudine Nichenko (nee Johansen) and is survived by her husband Ken; sons Kenneth, Andrew and Steven; sisters Claudine, Eleanor, Susan and Laurel; and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. At age 55 she retired from Kaiser Aluminum and pursued a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, becoming valedictorian and keynote speaker of her graduating class. She is remembered for the many self-help seminars she gave throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and was a champion of women's issues, conducting many classes on the subject. For many years Brunla also gave piano lessons to underprivileged students. She coauthored with her husband Ken the book, "If Only": a manual for using different forms of therapy on your own. Its theme was "only you can improve your life." Brunla was editor and a contributor to husband Ken's website, Panpsychism.net. She and Ken believed in Panpsychism's central tenet: that the universe and everything in it is composed of the Mind of God.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 31, 2009
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