Memorials & Milestones

Donald Houts, ACPE Emeritus Educator and former president of the AAPC, died on September 29, 2019 at Willowbrook Memory Care of Savoy surrounded by his family. He was 91 years old. 

Donald Charles Houts was born Dec. 30, 1927, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the middle child of Jehiras and Mary Houts. He married Charlotte Ann Stelcik on Aug. 20, 1950. She survives, along with two sons, Michael of Allen, Texas, and Eric of Saco, Maine; a daughter-in-law, Susan Flynn; grandson, Ian; granddaughter-in-law, Jacqueline; and two great-granddaughters, Ryann Grace and Paige Charlotte.

 The Rev. Dr. Houts received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Iowa, his M.Div. from Garrett Biblical Institute, and his Master of Arts and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1970. He was ordained as a minister in the United Methodist Church and served as parish pastor in Rowley, Iowa; as chaplain at Bethany Hospital, in Kansas City, Kan.; as professor of pastoral care and counseling at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo.; and as director of pastoral care and counseling for the Illinois Area of the United Methodist Church before his retirement in 1993. Among the many professional and ecumenical associations and conferences he was active in are the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, the College of Chaplains of the American Health Care Assembly, and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors for which he served as president from 1980 to 1982.

Donald Houts is remembered for his humanity, his commitment to spiritual and clinical healing, his love of family, friends and colleagues and for his lifelong campaign for peace with justice that dates back to his college years at the University of Iowa, where he picketed barber shops that discriminated against African-Americans. His concern for social justice issues continued to influence his life shaping his scholarly interests as both a divinity and doctoral student, and in his professional career that includes a focus on the topic of sexual ethics in the pastoral and mental health professions. Not only is he recognized as an expert on the subject, having published and lectured widely, but for establishing a set of guidelines which serve as the standard in those professions today.

As a member of Pastoral Counselors for Social Responsibility, the Rev. Dr. Houts was active in pursuing international peace efforts; as past president of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, he worked diligently to internationalize the organization and began a grants program to aid pastoral counselors from developing countries which continues to this day. His empathy and selfless concern for the well-being of others continued after retirement and was most notably displayed when he served as a counselor to families of the 9/11 tragedy in New York. As one of only 90 pastors nationwide who were trained to assist survivors of catastrophic aviation disasters, the Rev. Houts spent two weeks counseling hundreds of individuals and families who tragically and so unexpectedly lost loved ones on that day. Closer to home, he helped to assist victims of fire and other emergencies through his volunteer work with the local Emergency Services Support Team, where he served as team captain. He was active in and delighted to serve the community by participating in the food pantry at Wesley United Methodist church. Dr. Houts continued to write for a number of professional journals and was instrumental in providing training for many denominational and ecumenical clergy.

 A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1203 W. Green St., Urbana.

If you wish to make a donation in the Rev. Dr. Houts’ memory, the family suggests a contribution to the Wesley Memorial Fund, the Wesley Food Pantry or Transitions Hospice. Condolences may be offered online at 


Clyde Mortimer Watson Jr., 92, of Charlottesville, Va., passed away peacefully at Our Lady of Peace Retirement Community on September 22, 2019. He was born on November 30, 1926, in Atlanta, Ga., son of the late Clyde Mortimer Watson and Carolyn Simmons Watson. He was predeceased by his sister, Louise Watson Mericle and brother James Flournoy Watson.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Gloria Fawcett Watson; his daughter, Carol Watson Jordan and husband, Ken, of Atlanta; son, Clyde Steven Watson and wife, Brenda, of Virginia, son, Mark Watson and wife, Desiree, of Hawaii; son, Tony Watson and wife, Marcia, of California, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
An accomplished academic, Dr. Watson received multiple degrees over his lifetime: B.S. 1947, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; B.M.E. 1951, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.D. 1958, School of Theology at University of the South; S.T.M. 1966, Wesley Theological Seminary; and PhD Educational Psychology 1974, American University. He is a Veteran of World War II and served during the Korean War while in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955.

Dr. Watson was appointed to the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1965 to establish and build an accredited clinical chaplaincy program for the University of Virginia Medical Center. Through his 31-year leadership, this department (Patient and Family Counseling) achieved a significant national and international reputation. His vision also helped establish the Department of Biomedical Ethics at the University.

One of Dr. Watson’s proudest accomplishments was as a founding board member of Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville, the area’s first hospice service which he helped establish as a nonprofit in 1980 and to which he returned to serve as a volunteer in retirement. A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville,


Alice McLaughlin, former Clinical Pastoral Educator (CPE) has died on September 23. Alice was a lifelong learner, dedicated teacher and force of nature who fought for social justice. She passed away in Horseheads, NY., surrounded by loving family. 

The daughter of Alice (Hogue) and Maynard McLaughlin, was a Corning native, graduating from St. Vincent DePaul School, Notre Dame High School, and Nazareth College. She entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Rochester, taking the name Sister Mary Jerome, and began her teaching career at Our Mother of Sorrows School. In 1967, the National Catholic Education Association named Sister Jerome one of 40 Impact Teachers in the United States because of her ability to make learning exciting for her pupils.

Eventually, Alice left the convent, but her commitment to education and social justice never wavered. Alice went on to earn master’s degrees in business and religion. Working for the Office of Human Development she ministered to migrant workers in Florida and New York State, even in the fields where she assisted with the grape harvest. She later worked as a pastoral educator and chaplain at Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill.

Survivors include her brother Mac (Marilyn) McLaughlin of Shoreham, VT, and sisters Ann (Matt) Fennell of El Paso, TX, Sheila Reeder of Quakertown, NJ, and Lib (Jim) Dolan of Sayre, PA, as well as brother-in-law Dick Bassney of Rochester. Her brother Dan McLaughlin and sister Kate McLaughlin Bassney preceded her in death. Alice’s 31 nieces and nephews, cousins, great nieces and great nephews will miss her energy, wisdom, and sense of nonsense, but especially her company.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5., at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Elmira, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow. Contributions in Alice’s memory may be made All Saints Academy, 158 State St., Corning, NY. 14830, where she was a volunteer.

 Alice's obituary can be found here: Alice McLaughlin


ACPE Emeritus Educator Roy Martin (Grose) Tribe died on June 30, 2019. Roy was born on November 7, 1931 to Norman and Margaret Grose in Carstairs, Alberta, Canada. His father died when he was only 4 years old. He was close to and admired his stepfather Joseph Tribe, a devout man of God. Roy's stepfather was influential in the development of his Christian faith.

The family moved to Sandpoint, ID where Roy graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1949. After graduating from Trinity Lutheran College (formerly Lutheran Bible Institute), he served in the Army Air Core as a paratrooper. After military service, Roy went on to graduate from Pacific Lutheran University and while attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN he met the love of his life Edith Sperr. They were married August 29, 1960. 

Roy spent his life serving others and spreading the faith his stepfather Joseph instilled in him. He started his career at Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago, then as the Assistant Pastor at Hill Avenue Grace Lutheran in Pasadena California for 4 years, then moving to Bellevue Washington to work with troubled youth at Echo Glen Children's Center until 1973. During this time he also served at St. Thomas Seminary and Presbyterian Counseling Center.

Roy's obituary can be found here: Roy Martin (Grose) Tribe | Statesman Journal | Salem, OR


Ronald Redvers Lee was an AAPC Diplomate until at least 1979 at which point he left his position as Professor of Pastoral Psychology & Counseling at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. While he was at Garrett (and Iliff before that) he made significant contributions to the development of AAPC in terms of education, recruitment, and certification. It is estimated that about 15 AAPC Diplomates and several Fellows, some of them former Presidents of AAPC, were mentored by Ron.

After leaving Garrett, Ron spent 15 years in practice as a psychologist in the Chicago Loop, then returned to his native Australia in 1994 continuing to practice, supervise, teach, and write. Ron was a world-renowned practitioner, teacher, and author - grounded in psychoanalytic theory, focusing on Heinz Kohut's Self-Psychology and its antecedents.

Ron’s obituary can be found here: Ronald Redvers LEE | Death Notices | Melbourne | Queensland Times.


ACPE Retired Educator Sister Patricia M. Johnson, 83, of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, died Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center. 

Sister Patricia was born in Boston, daughter of the late Francis and Alice (Harrington) Johnson.

She was a graduate of Cardinal Cushing Central High School in Boston. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1954 as Sister Alice St. Francis. She graduated from Emmanuel College in 1968 with a degree in Chemistry/Math/Physics. She later earned a master's degree in Theology/Psychology from Andover Newton Theological College.

Sister Patricia was an educator at Notre Dame affiliated schools in the greater Boston area including Sacred Heart School in Springfield (1958-59), Ascension High School in Worcester (1959-61), Cardinal Cushing Central High School in South Boston (1961-68 and 1970-72) where she was Vice Principal from 1966 to 1968, Notre Dame Academy in Worcester (1968-69), and St. Mary High School in Cambridge (1969-70).

She was assigned to Saints Peter and Paul Parish in South Boston (1975-80) to minister to and coordinate education for the parish.

As a member of the faculty at Emmanuel College, Sister Patricia ministered within the Urban Pastoral and Graduate Education programs and served as Academic Dean.

She worked for the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton and continued to volunteer there in her retirement. | Read more


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