Category Archives: Obituaries

Seymour Radin (3/19/18)

Seymour Radin, MA passed away peacefully at his ranch in Petaluma, CA, in the morning hours of March 19, 2018, nine days after his 97th birthday. Seymour had been a member of the Institute for close to 40 years, although he had not been very active in the past 10 years or so.

Seymour was born on March 10, 1921 in New York City. Jessica Radin, his wife and also an analyst, passed away in 2008. He is survived by his four children, Jennifer, Erin, Jonathan, and Annie, and his six grandchildren, Sarah, Madeline, Elissa, Nathan, Alexander and Rose.

The family held a private ceremony at Seymour’s ranch on Sunday, March 25th under blue skies and warm sunshine as two Red Tail Hawks circled before flying off together. No other services are planned. Seymour loved books, philosophy, horses and practicing as a psychotherapist for 65+ years.

As a lifetime member of the Sierra Club, donations in Seymour’s name to that organization in lieu of flowers would be appreciated.

Annie Radin Asch

Thomas Kirsch (10/22/17)

Dr. Thomas Kirsch passed away peacefully at his home in Palo Alto with his family members at his side on October 22, 2017.  Dr. Kirsch was born in London on June 14, 1936 and his birth was celebrated by a congratulatory note from C.G. Jung to his parents, Hilde and James Kirsch, both of whom had become Jungian analysts following their initial analytic work with Jung. Tom liked to joke that he was born “into the family business” and the truth is that he did work “in the family business” as a Jungian analyst all his adult life.

The Kirsch family moved to Los Angeles in 1940 when Tom was four years old.  James and Hilde became founding members of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles.  As both of Tom’s parents were German Jews, Tom inherited from them not only the Jungian tradition of psychoanalysis but also the complicated history of Jung and Jewish people. For most of his life, Tom carried with great integrity the burden of being an interpreter of that history to Jungians and Freudians alike.

Tom was truly a man for all seasons and, in addition to being immersed in the rich cultural history of Europe through his parents, he developed his own deep connection to being an American in his Los Angeles upbringing. He loved sports and was an avid tennis player until a back injury ended his tennis playing days. He loved to swim and did so throughout his life. He was a devoted sports fan, with the San Francisco Giants baseball team bringing him great joy. Tom was also steeped in classical music and was meticulous in his choice of the very best music and the very best equipment for playing it.

Tom left Los Angeles at the age of 17 to attend Reed College and then went on to graduate from Yale Medical School in 1961. He took a psychiatric residency at Stanford University. Along the way, he was warned that pursuing training as a Jungian analyst would be a kind of professional suicide as the Jungian tradition was small and poorly understood at the time of his training.  This warning did not stop Dr. Kirsch from completing his training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco in 1968 or from developing a long and deeply influential relationship with Dr. Joseph Henderson, a dean of the San Francisco Jungian community.

In 1977 Dr. Kirsch joined the Executive Committee of the International Association of Analytical Psychology and served as its President from 1989-1995. As IAAP President, Dr. Kirsch furthered the development of a consistent attention to professional ethics, including the formulation of a written ethics code on the part of each of the member groups of the IAAP. Both during and after his tenure as President, Dr. Kirsch traveled the world tirelessly as an elder statesman of Analytical Psychology which flourished under his leadership with the formation and development of Jungian organizations in Taiwan, China, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Mexico, Russia, and elsewhere.

At the same time, Dr. Kirsch maintained an active clinical practice which was the foundation of his professional life. In his long and productive career, he wrote some 100 articles and books, including The Jungians, the definitive history of the world wide development of the Jungian tradition, and a fine, intimate autobiography, A Jungian Life. In 2017, Dr. Kirsch’s lifetime contributions were honored in a Routledge Selected Works Volume of his theoretical contributions:  Jungian Analysis, Depth Psychology and Soul. As if in fulfilment of his destiny, a superb, numinous interview of Dr. Kirsch by Murray Stein was filmed in Jung’s library at Bollingen by Luis Moris and is available through Chiron Publications. Dr. Kirsch’s study of the history of Jungian psychoanalysis began as an avocation and became over time a rich, scholarly pursuit.

What served Dr. Kirsch well as an analyst, a statesman, a family man, and a deep and loyal friend to many colleagues was his incredibly finely tuned feeling which was a trustworthy measure of the meaning and value of whatever the issue might be.  Tom Kirsch lived a large and full life with travel, professional engagements, a love of music, sports, spy novels  and deep friendships around the world.  In the midst of such expansive energies, he remained fundamentally modest, curious, open, and acutely discriminating in his many relationships to the world—inner and outer.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Dr. Jean Kirsch who is also a Jungian analyst, a sister Ruth Kirsch Walsh, his son David, his daughter Susannah Kirsch-Kutz, and 5 grandchildren: Jacob and Isabel Kirsch, Hilde, Jasper, and Theia Kirsch Kutz. Gifts in memory of Dr. Kirsch can be contributed to The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, Yale Medical School or Reed College.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 5, 2017


James Yandell (8/28/17)

Fran Slocumb asked me to inform you that Jim Yandell died on Monday, August 28, 2017, after a brief illness. In addition to Fran, Jim is survived by daughters Jenny Yandell and Shannon Eaton, grandchildren Quinn Simmons and Emma Simmons and brother David Yandell.

We are saddened by the news of the loss of another senior analyst who gave so much to the Institute. Jim’s dedication was strong and longstanding: he served as president and was actively involved in the Extended Education program for many years. Jim brought a point of view about the necessity of holding the opposites and the importance of individuation in his writing of The Adversary Game and The Imitation of Jung. In recent years, Jim’s hearing loss and other health problems kept him from attending most dinner meetings and programs.

We will miss an authentic and critical voice coupled with a penetrating intelligence.

Suzy Spradlin, President

Kathleen Meagher (9/19/17)

Our colleague Kathleen Meagher, MFT, died early Tuesday morning, September 19th. She had been in declining health for several years.

Kathleen was nearly 85 at the time of her death in Ashland, Oregon. She came to California in her mid-40s to study at Lone Mountain College, where she received her Master’s Degree in Psychology in 1977. Her Jungian training started in the late 1980s.

Kathleen was a deep soul, a beloved friend, analyst, mother, and grandmother. She had the gift of creating circles of friends and community around her. She was a published poet, a black belt in Aikido, and a longtime practitioner of Buddhism. Nature was her Muse. She hiked, kayaked, snowshoed and gardened until she was in her late 70s. A wisp of a woman, she could haul her kayaks into her car and go off on her own for a day of paddling.

I’ve come to understand that she also had a heroic inner life, fighting her demons with every fiber of her soul. Most of the time she was victorious.

A memorial service is being planned for a date in the future.

Thank-You From Virginia Choo

Dear Friends,

I thank you all for the loving support and touching kindness extended to me in many indescribable ways since the death of my husband, James. Whenever anyone asked James what his religion was, he always said Jungian. James had long been a confirmed Jungian, having discovered in his works a sensible and profound modern myth to live by.

I ask that any gifts or donations in his memory be given to the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.

With love and gratitude,
Virginia Choo, PhD

Cecelia Herwich

Cecelia Herwich, a long-time supporter of the Institute, has died at age 96. She lived in Berkeley with her partner, Don Ross. Cecelia got a PhD in psychology in her seventies and undertook a cross-cultural study of the characteristics of vibrant, older women. Well into her nineties, she remained active in many pursuits, including long-term treks and physical exercise. In 2012, she published a memoir, 92 and Dancing. If you want to contact Don Ross, the address is 2830 Hillegass St., Berkeley, CA 94705.

Suzy Spradlin, President

Guy Corneau (1/5/17)

Guy Corneau, a well-known Jungian Analyst, passed away unexpectedly on January 5, 2017. I have included information from various sources below.

Brian Feldman, PhD

From Joseph, IRSJA community liaison: “Very sadly, Guy passed away yesterday. I was with him, along with a few other friends and family. He had in fact been quite well and had had a complete physical in November. Just prior to Christmas, his sister, Joanne, a well-known artist, died of cancer. It seems it might simply have been too much for Guy…..he was admitted to hospital in his home town on New Year’s day where he had a massive heart attack. He was transferred to Montreal and admitted at the Centre for Heart Disease. He never regained consciousness. It is a terrible loss for us all…..and the loss of a good and close friend. It hardly seems real, to be quite honest.” —Excerpted from note by Tom Kelly

Guy’s obituary can be found HERE.

David Tresan (10/28/16)

Our dear friend and colleague David Tresan died on Friday, October 28 at his home in Mill Valley. David had several bouts of cancer over the past few years, but still maintained his many friendships and consultations. David had a brilliant mind and a very large capacity for love and connection, while never losing his sharp intellectual edge. David will be deeply missed and well remembered by all whose life he touched. David requested that there would not be a memorial service, and his family is respecting his request.

There may be more information from his wife, Sandy, and if so, we will send it out to all of you.

Suzy Spradlin, President


I wrote THIS obituary of David for the Journal of Analytical Psychology, which will be running it at a shortened length.

I thought the community might like to see it in total.

Betsy Cohen, PhD, LCSW

Michael John Horne (4/11/16)

Dear Community,

I have been asked to inform you that Michael Horne died April 11 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Michael graduated from Sydney University in Internal Medicine then Psychiatry in 1977; he got his American Board of Psychiatry in 1980. He trained at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and was certified in 1999. He worked at Stanford from 1981-97 as Medical Director of the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, and as Clinical Pathways Coordinator, as well as Clinical professor. In addition, he maintained a longtime private practice in psychiatry in Palo Alto before he and his family moved to Seattle and his work at the University of Washington. He was Assistant Editor and Co-Editor of JAP from 2003-2009. Michael also managed his own website until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012.

His wife, Diane Haavik, has asked me to pass along these personal reflections regarding Michael.

Jane Reynolds


Michael John Horne

Even in his last months, barely able to speak, if you asked Michael how he was feeling, he would say, “Good!”. No matter what, he would say he was okay. He has always stepped up to the plate, done what’s right, made sure everyone else was okay.

Michael has always looked out for other people. Once on a subway, during the worst of the AIDS epidemic, he stopped to help a man bleeding on the ground. He often saw it as his duty as a doctor to stop when he saw a car wreck. Relatives and friends knew he would be happy to help in any health crisis.

Michael had a very full and adventurous life beginning in 1944 in Melbourne, Australia. He did not remember himself as a happy kid, except times with his dad, going to the Easter show, caring for the chooks (chickens), chopping wood together. His mum loved him dearly, and was not at all easy to please. His brother, David, sweet and incredibly smart, was prone to trouble and hard times. Michael’s grandfather was infamous for firing the first shot, by mistake, that started WWI. His grandmother, apparently, was a saint. His other grandfather bought a church and started a religion. It didn’t last. Michael got his mouth washed out with soap in kindergarten for saying “bloody no” to a teacher. He was sent to boarding school at age 10. He was too smart and too thoughtful to fit in with the rowdy and sometimes cruel country boys. And then he discovered rugby, playing with a pent-up passion and exuberance. We now know that he had enough concussions to pretty much guarantee a diagnosis of Alzheimers 50 years later.

He had to decide between professional rugby and going to medical school at Sydney University, and went with the more secure career path. He loved being a doctor and was really good at it, so kind and thorough and respectful, and so, so smart and scholarly. He married Ryanwyn when she was a 19 year old nursing student, and they bought a hippy house and hitchhiked around the world, and embraced all things alternative. Ryanwyn didn’t adjust well to the freedom and ambiguity of the 60s and like David, died young and tragically.

Michael’s losses were devastating, but he was always strong and honest and responsible, and believed in hard work and perseverance. He also believed in the goodness in people and in the love of God. Even though he embraced the postmodern philosophies of those who questioned the nature of God, he held fast to the belief in a loving God and sought the questions more than the answers.

He met Diane at a psychology conference in 1976, where she noticed him as a quiet leader, thoughtful and considerate while challenging others to stretch themselves. She also fell for his charming Australian accent.

Michael loved research and writing at Stanford, but when Dan and Erin were born he knew he had to put it aside to make a better living with clinical work and teaching. Psychoanalysis always fascinated him; the uncovering of the unconscious, the rich mining that goes with free association, the healing of those wounds of which we are usually unaware, and he believed in the power of transformation and saw it evolve with dozens and dozens of his patients.

In his free time, he taught at Jungian Institutes in both San Francisco and Seattle, and was editor at the International Journal of Analytical Psychology. He also coached rugby and ran and biked and swam in races. But most of his spare time was devoted to his family. He was always there, coaching soccer games, going to the park, field trips for school, and lots and lots of family trips, most frequently to Australia.

He was happiest as a dad, could not be prouder of Dan and Erin. He was a loyal husband and a faithful friend.

Good on ya, mate. May you rest in peace.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 30th, at 11:00 am at the Pacific Theological Seminary at 2770 Marin Ave in Berkeley. 

Virginia Beane Rutter (3/13/16)

Dear Friends,

With great sadness I let you know of the passing of our dear colleague Virginia Beane Rutter. She died surrounded by family on Sunday evening, March 13th. Below is a notice that she and Peter collaborated on. Virginia will be missed by us in so many ways. She was held by us with both great fondness and enduring esteem. Please join with me in extending deepest sympathy to Peter and their family.

Rob Tyminski, President

Virginia Beane Rutter
1943 – 2016

Virginia Beane Rutter, MA, MS, a Jungian Analyst in Mill Valley, California, passed away on March 13, 2016, after contending with non-smoker’s lung cancer for the past three years. She is survived by her loving family: her husband, Peter, their daughter Melina, their son Naftali and daughter-in-law Alyson.

Virginia left a rich healing and scholarly legacy in the hundreds of individuals she treated over the past nearly 40 years in her depth-oriented analytic practice, as well as in her original contributions through papers,books, lectures and
training seminars. Her most recent writings, published in two collections of papers from the Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche Symposia held in Santorini, took up feminine psychology, describing early Aegean initiation rituals, and masculine psychology in Homeric heroes and modern men exposed to war trauma. In both articles, Virginia identified historical patterns of trauma in the unconscious of modern women and men, and demonstrated how healing can take place as these patterns are made conscious. She maintained that the intact core self can be recovered in dreams, in artistic expression, and in the relationship with the guiding analyst herself.

Virginia Elizabeth Beane was born in Southern California in 1943 when her father, an Army Air Corps pilot, was fighting in World War II. Her father’s survival of a prisoner of war camp in Romania with its traumatic repercussions, and her mother’s Italian Catholic wisdom informed Virginia’s eventual path as a healer. She addressed these psychological legacies in her Santorini papers, as well as in her first book, Woman Changing Woman, which describes the initiation motif in Jungian depth analysis between a woman analyst and her patient. Throughout her work, Virginia demonstrated how warm, feeling engagement from the woman analyst can catalyze a modern woman’s sense of independence and selfhood, even within a patriarchal world.

Virginia earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1965, and followed with an MA in Art History in 1969. She traveled extensively, living in England, France and Greece and studying French, German and modern Greek. Dr. Joseph Henderson, an analysand of C.G.Jung, was her abiding analyst. In 1973, she began her Jungian Analytic training in Zurich, working with Barbara Hannah, who had also been analyzed by Jung. Virginia returned to the Bay Area in 1975, obtained an MS in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Hayward, began her clinical practice, and resumed her training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, completing her Analytic Certification in 1986.

Virginia continued to draw upon her art history background throughout her Jungian practice, expanding her studies into archaeological investigation and studying classical Greek. Her lectures, seminars and publications also carried forward the work of Dr. Henderson in Jungian depth-oriented cultural studies. In this work she demonstrated the meaningful connections between modern dream imagery and feminine initiation motifs from Neolithic Turkey, early Minoan culture, in present-day Navajo Kinaalda initiations, and the links among both fierce and compassionate goddess imagery in the ancient world, in the iconography of the virgin goddess, and in boddhisattva images in Buddhism.

Rearing her son and daughter was central to Virginia’s life and informed her practice, writing and teaching, and led to her conducting one of the first seminars for clinicians on the subject of “Transference to the Pregnant Psychotherapist.” Virginia went on to write two additional books on developing healthy, empowering mother-daughter relationships: “Celebrating Girls,” about pre-adolescence; and “Embracing Persephone,” taking up the turbulent teenage years.

Virginia is also survived by her brother James Bishop Beane III, of Show Low, Arizona, her sister Justine Beane Bradford and her husband Errett, of Carson City, Nevada, her cousin Ernest M. Pierucci and his wife Adrienne of Lafayette, California, and their two sons and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to Green Dragon Temple Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Sausalito, California 94965.