Ormond Dale McGill
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McGILL, Ormond Dale - 1913-2005 The legendary Ormond McGill, known world-wide as The Dean of American Hypnotists, was born in Palo Alto, CA on June 15, 1913, where he lived until his death on Oct. 19, 2005 at the age of 92. Actively involved in the field of hypnotism since 1927, McGill received international acclaim for his innovative books, pioneering the integration of hypnotism, meditation and creative hypnotic strategies. In all, he published over 25 books, several of which are considered classics in the field. He was honored by numerous organizations, including the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, The National Guild of Hypnotists, the Hypnotherapy Training Institute, and the Society of American Magicians. Ormond McGill was a magician and hypnotist of international acclaim, and toured many parts of the world with his exciting stage shows. He was one of the first stage hypnotists to perform on radio and television, including appearances on the popular Art Linkletter TV show. After the passing of his wife, Delight Olmstead McGill, in 1976 he continued to tour with his close friend Charles Mignosa, presenting his "Concerts of Hypnotism." In addition to his work in stage hypnotism, McGill was an active faculty member of the Hypnotherapy Training Institute in Corte Madera, training hypnotherapists since 1981. He taught his last class for a group of advanced students just four days before his passing. Ormond McGill was also a prominent naturalist and made well-known contributions in the fields of entomology and conchology. He was a true collector with a great variety of interests. Of all his contributions, the wealth of his teachings will stay with us forever. He made many of his greatest insights in recent years. They came out of his profound mastery of many hypnotic techniques, his deep personal understanding of Eastern systems of meditation, mysticism, wisdom and healing, and his creativity, vision, compassion, humor and life experience. For many, Ormond McGill will be best remembered for the aura of friendship he radiated to everyone. He always made time for friends and family who often found him at the Peninsula Creamery in Palo Alto, where he was an almost daily patron since it opened in 1923. In recent years, Ormond McGill has been able to stay independent, largely through the loving care of his dear friend and colleague, Marleen Mulder, director of the Hypnotherapy Training Institute. He is survived by his four nephews and their children from the Olmstead family of Palo Alto, as well as by thousands of grateful students and colleagues and a wonderful circle of friends. A Memorial Celebration of Mr. McGill's life will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m. Mail to P.O. Box 1103, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 26, 2005.
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November 10, 2005
I imagine the world is suprised to learn about the passing of our friend Ormond. I must agree with many of the posts that I read that you never heard Ormond get upset or mad. Thats a good habit to have.

I remember Ormond used to say all we have is time. His sense of humor was priceless. He was really a kind man.

It is comforting to know that he is still watching and that he is now with Delight, his love.

Thank you Ormond and we will see you when we cross.
Tommy Vee
November 9, 2005
The training, encouragement and the priceless jems of wisdom you gave me will stay with me for the rest of my life.
To be with you at your 90th birthday party in The Boardwalk Hotel in Los Vagas is a memory to treasure for ever.You are free to explore the Universe now and like here it will be a better place for your presence.
Tom Ryan. Dublin, Ireland
Tom Ryan
November 7, 2005
Ormond called me onstage when I was 14 years of age, in 1950.

He has since been a dear friend, a grand gentleman, and a kind tutor over the years.

His memory, indelible and brilliant, will continue to shine for years...
William Colburn
November 7, 2005
My Dearest Ormond,
What a gift it was to have you in my life. Your beautiful letters, your cheerfulness, wisdom and insight. I cried when I heard you had left us, but only selfishly - because I would miss you. I am comforted to know you are at last with your beloved, Delight.
Thank you, Ormond
Jan Mucklestone
November 7, 2005
Our hearts are deeply saddened. He was an inspiration to both of us, and we will greatly miss his beautiful spirit.
Mark and Georgette Clark
November 2, 2005
I will miss your regular loving letters, your cheery twice a week phone calls; our hours of talking and laughing; teaching classes with you; your dry sense of humor. You were forever a gentleman a scholar and a friend. I am grateful to have know you. Ormond, you are forever in my prayers and thoughts. Say hello to your beloved Delight- She will weep no more now that you have come home.
When I co-authored our 3 books and edited your Hypnotherapy Encyclopedia you laughingly said "I have taught you to think like me." Oh if only that were true.
You were a fine gentleman and a scholar
I will love you forever,
Shelley Stockwell-Nicholas
Shelley Stockwell-Nicholas
October 31, 2005
a gentle man
a gentleman

your guidance was invaluable and i am priviledged to have known and met you.

deepest sympathy to your loved ones
October 29, 2005
It truly is a blessing that we were graced to have for what now seems like a short time such a wonderful human being. Ormond was an inspiration, teaching not only the wonderful craft of hypnotism, but to elevate our standards in the performance of it. Thank you Ormond for the world of wisdom and the gift of sharing. I pray we carry on the tradition with as much style and grace as you have.
terrance kozak
October 27, 2005
Our dearest Ormond,
You were the greatest teacher of all teachers. A kind, friendly and beautiful soul... I'll never forget the precious moments you taught us in HTI. You will be missed in this lifetime...
So long, pal...
brenda ie
October 27, 2005
farewell, my teacher, my guidance

hello, my guardian angel

love, djinn
Djinn Chang
October 26, 2005
It's 3 p.m. Oct. 26th. About an hour ago, before I got a copy of the Obit., I suddenly
felt Ormond's presence with overwhelming certainty. Thank you Ormond, you Master of the Violet Flame. You just never quit teaching!
With love and gratitude, your student, Tirzah
Tirzah Agassi
October 26, 2005
The quote that most reminds me of Ormond is:

"They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to
appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire lifetime to forget them."

Ormond, you were a dear friend.
You were loved by so many and you will never be forgotten.

It was my joy to know you and share so many wonderful memories.
Serena Lumiere
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