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William A. Carlson

March 30, 2007

William A. Carlson, professor emeritus of counselor education and counseling psychology at Western Michigan University, died Feb. 14. He was 80.

Carlson, who was a recent resident of Roland Park Place retirement community in Baltimore, Md., served on WMU's faculty for 25 years. He joined the University in 1966 as an associate professor for counseling and personnel and was promoted to professor in 1970.

From 1961 through 1966, Carlson was a counseling and clinical psychologist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Danville, Ill., and for much of that time, was head of the hospital's psychiatric unit. While serving at the VA Hospital, he also was invited to teach a number of extension courses at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

His desire to continue teaching drew him to WMU, from which he retired with emeritus status in 1991.

Carlson's accomplishments include beginning studies at the C.G. Jung Institute in 1981 and remaining active there until the late 1990s. In addition, he was a past vice chairman of the Michigan Board of Psychology and designated one of its Master Lecturers in 1990.

During his time with the board and as a charter member of the American Psychological Association, he earned high praise from his colleagues and was instrumental in supporting ethical standards and developing counseling program.

Carlson, who wrote articles in various areas of psychology, was twice president of the Southwest Michigan Psychological Association and was recognized as Western Michigan Psychology Association Psychologist of the Year in 1978.

He attended the University of Illinois, where he earned doctoral and master's degrees in counseling and a bachelor's degree in psychology. Prior to attending college, Carlson taught middle school science and math in Deland-Weldon, Ill., and from 1944 to 1946, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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