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Orlo C. Strunk, Jr., Ph.D.

Orlo Strunk became Book Review Editor of The Journal of Pastoral Care in 1971 and assumed the role of Managing Editor of The Journal of Pastoral Care (subsequently The Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, Inc) in 1979.  He became Managing Editor Emeritus on January 1, 2009 and continued his association with JPCP Inc. in the role of Poetry and Reflections Editor until 2012.  We sadly announce his death on September 24, 2013.

Dr. Strunk completed his undergraduate degree at West Virginia Wesleyan College with majors in philosophy and in biblical literature, and two minors, one in economics and one in psychology. Following graduation, he was accepted at Boston University School of Theology where he completed a three-year professional degree and was ordained as a minister in the United Methodist Church. Two years later, he received his Ph.D. in psychology and pastoral counseling. While doing graduate work, he served as the part-time Executive Secretary of the Institute of Pastoral Care, an educational and clinical organization providing clinical pastoral education in general and mental hospitals. Invited to return to his undergraduate alma mater as an associate professor of psychology, he remained there teaching psychology for three years before being appointed Dean of the College and Professor of Psychology.

After a nine-year deanship, Dr. Strunk was called to return to Boston University where, for 16 years, he served as Professor of Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Psychology. Besides his academic assignment in the School of Theology and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, he served as a Clinical Supervisor at the Danielsen Institute, a university mental health center providing internships for doctoral candidates in pastoral counseling, counseling psychology, and clinical psychology. He also served as a part-time staff psychologist at Ecumenical Counseling Services, a private clinic providing personal counseling and career counseling to Roman Catholic priests and Sisters, Episcopal priests and nuns, and Protestant clergy.   He also authored or edited eight books in the religion/spirituality/psychology interfaces.

Electing early retirement and becoming an Emeritus Professor at Boston University, he and his beloved Mary moved south establishing a residence in Calabash, North Carolina, where he continued to edit The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, and to teach as an Adjunct Professor at Webster University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Until 2003, he served as a part-time psychotherapist at The Coastal Samaritan Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. . He continued to write, including six novels published using the name O. C. Strunk, between 2005 and 2011.

Dr. Strunk was a Fellow in the American Psychological Association (Division of Psychotherapy, Division of the History of Psychology, and the Division of the Psychology of Religion); a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; a Diplomate in the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy; and a Registrant in the National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Until 2005, he held a license as a psychologist in Massachusetts. He then became a licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina and a Supervisor of Professional Counselors in South Carolina.

In terms of philosophical, professional, and theoretical orientations, he was steeped in personalistic philosophy, in existential and psychodynamic theories, and in the cognitive/behavioral approaches.

Dr. Strunk’s contribution to the practice of Pastoral Counseling/Psychotherapy is unparalleled.  He will be missed – as a mentor, colleague, and friend,