Academic journal article Journal of Transpersonal Psychology

REMEMBERING JOHN L. LEVY November 1, 1921 - January 11, 2015

Academic journal article Journal of Transpersonal Psychology

REMEMBERING JOHN L. LEVY November 1, 1921 - January 11, 2015

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John Levy, long time editorial Board Member of the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and beloved husband of Adele Schwarz, died peacefully at home in Berkeley, CA, surrounded by his family on January 11, 2015 at the age of ninety-three. He had Lewy body dementia for several years.

John was born in San Francisco. He received an undergraduate degree in engineering from Stanford University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a member of the boxing team. He served as an officer in the Navy in World War II, and was stationed at Guantanamo, Cuba. He later returned to Stanford and earned an MBA. He worked for Bechtel Corporation for many years as an estimator on large construction projects.

John's life changed as his focus shifted from business to spiritual exploration and psychology. He led groups on the search for meaning and inner life with Harry and Emilia Rathbun at Sequoia Seminar in the 1950s and used LSD as a method for expanding consciousness. He went on to play a key role in numerous organizations. He co-founded San Francisco Venture with his lifelong friend Louis Sloss and others. In addition to his service to The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, he aided in the development of The Esalen Institute and the Humanistic Psychology Institute (Saybrook), served as executive director of the Association for Humanistic Psychology and the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, and was a founding board member of the Transpersonal Institute, as well as an on-going consultant to California Institute of Integral Studies. …

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