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Hugh John McBride
May 7, 1934-April 12, 2017
Hugh John McBride was born on May 7, 1934, in The Bronx, New York, the only child of Irish immigrant parents Jane and Dominic McBride.
After high school he attended night school programs at the City University of New York while employed by Bell Telephone, earning his bachelors degree in Business Administration in1960 in the field of Industrial Psychology. Ultimately he made the transition from business to the field of education and earned his Master of Arts degree in Special Education at Columbia University, New York, in 1967.
In 1972, he was awarded a doctorate in Special Education and Family Sciences at Michigan State University, where he remained on faculty for the next three years.
His career path then led to the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, where he served from 1975 to 1996.
He came to Pacific at a time when the nation was beginning to focus on providing educational opportunities for exceptional children. As founding chair of the Department of Special Education, he was a leader in local and state efforts to implement educational opportunities for all students in the least restrictive environment. Hugh trained many special education teachers at the University of the Pacific. He also provided broad institutional support for special education by winning federal grants and establishing innovative, cooperative local internship programs.
These efforts supported the education of a generation of teachers and professionals who would go on to work at schools and institutions throughout Northern California. Hugh was named Benerd School of Education Distinguished Professor 1979 and 1985. He served as a mentor for many students. He was a respected professor and friend for his students; a valued colleague and a leader and activist in the community.
Upon retirement from the University of the Pacific, Hugh expanded his private psychotherapy practices in Stockton and Tracy, California, specializing in couples therapy and addiction treatment. Beyond his formal training in the field, Hugh brought to his clients genuine empathy and a deep belief in the human capacity for change.
From 1986 to 2005, Hugh also served as a facilitator for the Medical Board of the State of California, providing therapy for physicians and other medical professionals impaired by alcohol and drug addiction. Hugh was especially gifted and compassionate in this work and was effective in helping many resurrect their medical careers and personal lives.
At the core of Hugh's identity was his commitment to recovery: in November of 2016 he celebrated his 48th year of continuous sobriety. Along the way, he inspired others by his living example, his words of encouragement, and his belief in building a better life one day at a time.
In 2005, he and his wife retired to Sisters to enjoy the rural environment and devote time to Hugh's favorite activity, horseback riding, a passion he discovered in his mid-50s. His adventures on the trail included riding through California's Owens Valley, Anza-Borrego State Park, the Sierras, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, the forests of Oregon and Idaho, and the Arizona desert.
Hugh died suddenly on April 12 in Prescott, Arizona, in the midst of Easter Week, an observance that he celebrated every year with great reverence. He is survived by Sandra, his wife of 30 years; stepson Erik Gunderson and partner Victoria Wohl of Toronto, Ontario; brother-in-law Charles Kinkade and wife Molly of Tacoma; Robert Kinkade and wife Jane of Sydney, Australia, and their children; and Kelly Kinkade Kott and husband Jim of Kirkland, Washington and their children;Erin Kinkade Christensen and husband Andy of Bow, Washington.
Hugh's kind, patient, and loving spirit will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 68825 Brooks Camp Road, Sisters, on Saturday, May 27, at 11a.m.
Memorial contributions can be made to Bethlehem Inn, a program dedicated to transforming lives with shelter, help and hope. The address is P.O. Box 8540, Bend, OR 97708, or contributions may be made on line at www.bethleheminn.org.
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